Errors on Your DUI Police Report Can have a Big Impact on Your Case
If you have been arrested for a DUI in the state of California, there may be defense options for you. For example, if the police made a mistake on their police report, you could end up with a reduced sentence or your charges could be dismissed. Keep reading to learn more and then contact The Mattern Law Firm at 310-342-8254 if you are in need of a free legal consultation.
Examples of Errors on DUI Police Reports
Examples of errors including having no basis or probable cause to make the stop that led to the DUI arrest, false observations, or observations that were inconsistent, during the field sobriety test, or simply having a suspect that was responsible and did not outwardly appear to be intoxicated. One or more of these errors can help your case dramatically.
How to Find Errors on Your DUI Police Report
There are a number of places you can find errors on your report. First, look at any notes the officer made regarding your driving behavior or driving pattern before stopping you. Look at the notes and observations relating to any filed sobriety tests administered. Finally, look at the results of those tests. You may not know what is an error and what is legally binding so we recommend you have a criminal defense attorney look over the report for you.
Errors Can Help Your DUI Case in a Number of Ways
There are a few different ways that errors on your DUI report can help. First, they can show that the police did not have probable cause to stop you, in which case the resulting evidence would be inadmissible, and your case would likely be dismissed.
Second, errors may show that the police did not correctly interpret the results of your field sobriety test, or that they made errors when conducting said test, which could render any results inadmissible and could result in the charges being dropped. Finally, the errors may show that you were in fact acting sober and there is no evidence against you.
Potential Consequences for a DUI Conviction
How important is it to look at your police report to determine if there has been an error? Very important. A DUI conviction can result in serious consequences depending on whether it is your first, second, or third offense. Consequences could include jail time, misdemeanor probation, fines, license suspension, DUI school, the requirement to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle.
The best way to reduce the chance that you will be convicted for a DUI is to contact a criminal defense attorney right away. You can reach The Mattern Law Firm at 310-342-8254 now. We will begin with a free legal consultation during which we will listen to your case and provide you with the best legal options. Call now and let us get started.