If you have been arrested for drunk driving in Brockton or the surrounding area, the charge implies that you were incapable of operating your vehicle at the time you were driving it, because you were impaired by alcohol. One of the things that your drunk driving attorney is going to want to know is how long after you had been drinking, if at all, you were stopped and then how long after that a blood test administered to you. Even if the arresting officer convinced you that you were guilty because the chemical tests said so, do not enter any sort of plea without first discussing your case with a drunk driving lawyer in the Brockton area.
Your drunk driving attorney will want to know about the length of time that elapsed because of the way that alcohol is actually absorbed into the body’s blood stream. All of the chemical tests that law enforcement personnel use to determine whether or not someone is guilty of drunk driving in Brockton measure the alcohol content of the blood or BAC (blood alcohol content). However, what most people do not realize is that your BAC will continue to go up long after you have stopped drinking. If you have a beer or two with dinner, your BAC could register much higher half an hour after dinner is done than it would if it were taken when you stopped eating and then if it were taken again another half hour later it could be even higher still. The implication is that if were at a restaurant in Brockton and then left, were pulled over by the police, and then were not given a blood test until a significant amount of time had passed, your BAC at the time of the test could arguably register significantly higher than it was when you were actually driving your vehicle. In other words, you could have been legally drunk at the time you were tested, but not when you were driving.
Obviously every situation is different and your drunk driving lawyer in Brockton will want to thoroughly examine all of the aspects of your case in order to build the best defense possible and to ensure that your rights are protected throughout the process. That is why it is so crucial to consult with your attorney as soon as possible following your arrest so that your attorney will have the opportunity to evaluate any of the evidence that has been gathered and to provide you with the legal counsel and representation necessary for you to obtain the most favorable outcome possible.
The Law Office of Bruce S. Raphel, PC, has been representing clients on drunk driving charges for a decade and will work closely with you to provide you with the representation you need.