Contact Chris Perri Law, an experienced attorney with a successful track record in defending DWI cases to discuss recent charges of you or a loved one.
Driving While Intoxicated refers to driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of liquor or other drugs. A DWI arrest can be one of life’s most frightening experiences. Not only are you usually subjected to a night in jail, but your license is confiscated and replaced with a confusing piece of paper titled “Temporary Driving Permit” accompanied by a court date on the criminal charge.
A DWI ARREST CAN BE ONE OF LIFE'S MOST FRIGHTENING EXPERIENCES.
Chris Perri Law can help simplify this process by identifying possible defenses and helping you return to your normal life as quickly as possible. By demonstrating the weaknesses in the prosecution's cases, we have successfully persuaded prosecutors to reduce or dismiss clients’ DWI charges without the stress of a jury trial. And if the prosecutor won’t dismiss the charge, we are prepared to take your case to the jury.
In dealing with your case, our first step is to contest your license suspension to ensure that you can drive legally without the fear of another arrest. We will also help you fight the charges, since a DWI conviction has long-term consequences that include license suspension and jail time. Then, we take the time necessary to gather all the facts and advise you of your rights and defense options.
How we can help
The first question is whether the police had probable cause to pull you over in the first place. Unless the officer observed you committing a traffic offense, we may have grounds to suppress any evidence of your alleged intoxication.
Officers usually ask the driver to perform field-sobriety tests. Although you can refuse these tests, most people attempt them in order to avoid going to jail. The problem is that these tests are quite difficult and even a sober person can look drunk when trying to balance on one leg in a nerve-wracking environment.
But even if you look bad on the video tape of the tests, the State still has the burden of proof to show that you lost the normal use of your mental and physical faculties. For more information on whether you should take the field sobriety tests, check out the “Exercise Your Rights When You’re Pulled Over” article from our blog.
EVEN A SOBER PERSON CAN LOOK DRUNK WHEN TRYING TO BALANCE ON ONE LEG IN A NERVE-WRACKING ENVIRONMENT.
It is also very common for people to provide the police with a sample on the less-than-reliable intoxilyzer. Even if your breath test shows a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) above the legal limit, we can demonstrate to the jury that the machine is not scientifically reliable. For example, the intoxilyzer assumes that every person has the population’s average blood/breath ratio of 2100/1 (2100 parts of alcohol in the blood for every 1 part of alcohol in the breath). The machine multiplies each part of alcohol in the breath by 2100 in order to estimate the amount of alcohol in the blood. However, if a person only has a 1500/1 blood/breath ratio, that person is unfairly prejudiced, because the machine will estimate a BAC as high as .12 when their BAC is actually .07.
At Chris Perri Law, we take pride in our successful track record in defending DWI cases. Call us at 512-917-4378.