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DUI Happens and We Can Help
When charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI), you will have many questions. Your first order of business should be to talk to an attorney from Dodd Law Firm. We will do all we can to make sure you can continue on with your life and career with your driver’s license intact.
How We Defend Your DUI Case
Dodd Law Firm knows the importance of preparing every case for trial. Our process includes thorough pre-trial investigations, negotiations with the prosecution, and motions filed with the court. When needed, we bring in national-level expert witnesses, including former law enforcement officials, current medical professionals, and/or scientific specialists to contest breath and blood testing results. We regularly work with colleagues around the nation for those charged while vacationing or attending school in Montana.
As a faculty member of the National College for DUI Defense, Mr. Dodd knows the intricacies of DUI Law and as a former prosecutor, Ms. Fernando brings the ability to form a well-rounded defense. Together, we will do everything possible to limit the impact to your life.
The following are just a few of the potential defenses we may use to challenge your DUI charge.
Improper Stop or Arrest.
The United States and the Montana Constitutions prohibit search and seizure without probable cause. In the context of your DUI case, this means that law enforcement must have a reason to stop you and must establish probable cause before arresting you for DUI. If law enforcement has not complied with these constitutional requirements, any evidence they have obtained may be deemed inadmissible and your charges thrown out.
Improper Administration of the Field Sobriety Tests.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) developed guidelines for standardized field sobriety testing. These standardized tests (walk-and-turn, one-leg stand, and horizontal gaze nystagmus) must be administered and scored according to NHTSA guidelines. If law enforcement does not properly administer and score these standardized tests (or, if officers are using non-standardized tests), we will file a motion to have the tests and results suppressed or challenge them in court.
We are trained in the same NHTSA Field Sobriety Testing methods as law enforcement, and can effectively and can effectively evaluate whether or not the officer was in compliance.
Faulty Breath and Blood Tests.
In many of our DUI cases, we see errors with the breath and blood testing procedures. Broken equipment, medical conditions, and failure to follow proper procedures are just a few of the issues that can affect your breath or blood test. Because these results, even if faulty, can be used against you by the prosecution, we will conduct a thorough investigation to determine if any improper testing procedures may have inflated your test results.