DUI - Should I still hire a lawyer?

Asked about 2 years ago - Anderson, SC

I was arrested for DUI in the driveway of my home. He turned on his lights when I turned into my driveway. He said I swerved. I was turning into my driveway! Is this a probable cause?
Anyway, I watched the video of my breath test in a Datamaster. I noticed that I provided a suitable sample for 70 seconds! I did about a 40 sec sample, quickly took another fast inhale and continued to exhale for another 20 sec. At the end of test I had a 0.16 BrAC. Are these grounds to dismiss my case? And can I dismiss my case without a lawyer?

Additional information

**(about 70 sec total with three separate inhale/exhales) the first exhale was about 32 sec the second exhale about 15 sec and the third and last breath was about 20 sec
**I also have a witness who was in the car the entire trip.

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  1. Wayne E. Brucar

    Contributor Level 13

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    Answered . The answer to whether you can do this without a lawyer depends on your legal knowledge and litigation skills. You have the right to represent yourself - but do you have the skill? Your questions go to probable cause for the stop and admissibility of the breathalyzer which are complex legal issues. The answers would depend on the evidence that would come out if the issues are brought to hearing and the legal arguments made about the facts.

    Please understand that answering this doesn't create an attorney/client relationship between us, and as hard as I... more
  2. Sean D Mckee

    Contributor Level 10

    Answered . A DUI is a serious charge and can have some pretty severe consequences. On top of that, the court system is complicated. Most people who try to defend themselves end up getting lost in it. If you think you have a good legal issue you still need to know how to draft a motion, how, when and where to file it, and how to argue it. You may quickly find yourself out matched by the State's prosecutor.

    As far as a dismissal goes I would say it would be difficult. Even with a good legal issue judges are hesitant to dismiss cases. If there is any way that your case can make it past the motion phase and on to a jury, the judge will usually go that way. They usually err on the side of letting a jury hear your case.

    Hire a lawyer. Even if you want to do this yourself you are going to need someone's legal advice to help you through the system

  3. James C Forslund

    Contributor Level 19

    Answered . It is best to have experienced counsel.

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