Traffic stop escalates to impaired driving arrest

After a 26-year-old man was stopped by law enforcement personnel for expired registration, he was taken into custody for impaired driving. On Jan. 29, a police officer saw the Bristol man driving a car with expired tags.

After the officer stopped the individual, he suspected that the man was driving under the influence. The trooper administered field sobriety tests, which the man allegedly failed. He now faces DUI charges.

The laws in Pennsylvania mandate minimum sentences for someone who is convicted of drinking and driving. A criminal defense attorney knows how to defend clients against serious DUI charges. Lawyers might be able to negotiate with the prosecution in order to reduce or even dismiss charges.

Some individuals accused of driving while impaired do not realize that breath tests and blood-alcohol testing are not always reliable indicators of sobriety levels. Many factors can affect blood-alcohol content, such as food or health concerns, as well as faulty test equipment. A lawyer might be able to challenge the results of tests in court and argue that some evidence should not be admitted. If the tests are not admitted, the judge may throw the case out of court.

In addition, a criminal defense attorney might be able to challenge the constitutionality of how a client was treated during a traffic stop. A lawyer may review what a client said to law enforcement personnel at the time of an arrest. If the police overstepped their authority, an attorney might be able to argue that the use of improper procedures invalidate the charges of impaired driving.

Source: Bensalem Patch, "Traffic Stop for Expired Registration Ends in DUI Charges," Jesseka Kadylak, Jan. 29, 2013

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