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Boise DUI Defense Lawyers

Seeing the flashing red lights of a police car come up behind you on the road can create a sinking feeling in your stomach. Having your blood-alcohol content (BAC) level test out at 0.08% or above over the legal limit may have induced feelings of despair. However, before you plead guilty and accept all the consequences that come with a DUI conviction-fines, driver’s license suspensions, and maybe even jail-talk to the DUI defense lawyers in our Boise office. 

There are far more ways to contest a DUI charge than many people realize. Law enforcement certainly won’t go out of their way to tell you that. We will. Make sure you call us before you talk to them so we can properly assess your situation. 

Reach out to Atkinson Law Office at (208) 670-8164 today. We’ve earned some great reviews from past clients, and we hope to help you too.

Ways to Contest a DUI Charge

There are several avenues of defense our office can look at, and the strategy will ultimately depend on the specifics of your case. Most DUI defense tactics focus on any of the following: 

Challenging the Validity of the Stop 

A police officer can’t randomly pull a driver over. There must be a valid reason. Idaho’s commitment to this basic principle is so strong that our state doesn’t even allow for sobriety checkpoints. Law enforcement must have probable cause to have put on the flashing red lights and come up behind you to begin with. 

It is worth noting that the bar for probable cause on the stop is not high. If a driver even modestly drifts over the center line or mildly rolls a stop sign, that could qualify. However, there does have to be a reason that the arresting officer can cite and prove. We’ll make them do it. 

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Why Trust Atkinson Law Office?

What Sets Us Apart
  • Empathetic Guidance
    Understanding the personal and legal challenges our clients face, we offer empathetic guidance and unwavering support to help them navigate their DUI cases with confidence.
  • Dedicated Advocacy
    We are committed to providing diligent and ethical representation, fighting for the best possible outcomes while maintaining the integrity of the legal profession.
  • Compassionate Representation
    We genuinely care about our clients' well-being and future, offering compassionate and personalized legal support through every step of their DUI case.
  • Integrity and Transparency
    We uphold the highest standards of honesty and transparency in all our dealings, ensuring our clients are always well-informed and trust in the legal process.

The Accuracy of Sobriety Tests

Even if the stop and test were valid, it’s still possible the BAC level recorded was inaccurate. Whether it was done through a breathalyzer or via a blood test, there are several ways a “false high” might have come up. 

Breath Test Shortcomings

We can start by looking at the equipment used to administer the test. Breathalyzer instruments must be properly calibrated to work correctly, and the police must document that they are following protocol in keeping everything properly maintained. Officers must also have proper training in administering the test. 

Furthermore, there are several perfectly reasonable dietary and medical reasons that resulted in a false high on the breath test. Sugar and bread products will make a BAC level appear higher than it really is, and several over-the-counter medications for commonplace conditions can have the same impact. We’ll take the time to find out what you ate and what medicine you use. 

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Experienced DUI Lawyers You Can Trust

The team in our Boise office has over 14 years of experience helping defendants fight DUI charges. We know what to look for and where to look. We understand what questions to ask of our clients and of the police. We’re determined to explore all possible avenues of acquittal on behalf of defendants. 

Call Atkinson Law Office at (208) 670-8164 or contact us online today to set up a free consultation.

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