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The many steps of a DUI investigation, and how mistakes change it

There is so much going on with a drunk driving charge that many people don’t consider. Usually a drunk driving story is reduced to the lowest common denominator: someone was intoxicated, they broke the law, now go to jail you reckless person.

Such simplicity may make it easier to think about the topic, but that doesn’t mean it helps anyone. When someone is pulled over for drunk driving, the police officer needs to have probable cause to proceed with a DUI investigation. The breath test that may follow must be administered in a proper way. The person suspected of driving under the influence must have his or her rights respected and upheld. If an arrest is made, the person will likely have his or her blood drawn.

That blood must be kept on file so that it can be tested by a drug facility and the defense. The blood is important because it will prove conclusively what the individual’s blood alcohol content (BAC) was — unless the testing was botched. There are plenty of cases where negligent employees either botch the test or tamper with the evidence, causing the cases against people accused of drunk driving to collapse.

Ultimately, what we’re talking about here is due process. The chips may be stacked against the person accused of drunk driving, but if a mistake is made by the police or the prosecution, those chips will go tumbling over. No matter the details in your DUI case, you need a criminal defense attorney to stand up for you — and at The Law Office of Corey I. Cohen & Associates, we are passionate about defending and supporting people who have been accused of drunk driving.

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