There are a number of reasons why a person might choose to drink and drive. Perhaps they don’t think that they’ve had too much to drive. Maybe there was an emergency. Whatever the situation is or was, the reality is that drinking and driving can result in an arrest and penalties.

While there is a significant risk of going to jail or being penalized with heavy fines, there are good ways to defend yourself against a DUI charge. While not all defenses will result in you being proven innocent, they could help reduce the penalties you face.

A defense from doing nothing wrong

One good defense is proving that the officer had no reason to stop your vehicle. For example, if you’re driving safely, then no officer has a right to stop you. However, if you run a stop light or are weaving in and out of traffic, then an officer would have a right to pull you over.

An involuntary drinking incident

Another possible defense is proving that you did not know that you were intoxicated. Perhaps someone told you that the eggnog at a celebration was nonalcoholic, or maybe you didn’t know that the casserole you had for dinner was cooked in heavy alcohol. Whatever the reasoning is, if you didn’t know you were intoxicated, it could be a good defense.

Your attorney will help you prove that you don’t deserve the harshest penalties, so you have a better chance of avoiding punishment and can get back to your own life without significant damage to your reputation.