Will the Prosecution Be Able to Prove Its DUI Case Against You Beyond a Reasonable Doubt?
After you have your initial interview with a Sacramento DUI attorney, a few things must happen before the attorney agrees to take your case. Your attorney will evaluate your case for the likelihood of trial or plea negotiation, and analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the state’s case against you. The question is whether the state can prove each element of the case beyond a reasonable doubt. Your attorney will also examine the state’s evidence, including field sobriety tests, chemical evidence, witnesses, and your own prior criminal record.
The attorney will also analyze the respective strengths of your own case, including lay and expert witnesses who may testify, potential defenses available to you, and relevant case law and statutes.
The first critical element is whether the state can prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. This means that the prosecution must prove not only that you were guilty of the DUI offense you are charged with, but also that the state had probable cause to stop you based on your appearance, demeanor and driving symptoms, as well as how you reacted to the police officer once you were stopped. If you immediately pulled over to the side of the road and were cooperative in answering questions and later show that you have a good recollection of the events, it may be argued that a high blood-alcohol content reading is inconsistent with your behavior and memory.
If you have any further questions about defending a DUI charge, contact experienced Sacramento DUI attorney Param Pabla today for an initial consultation.