I was followed leaving an establishment and pulled over. Done the field sobriety test, done well but still taken to OHP HQ. Given blow test and scored .086, blowing directly after the person before, but changing the mouthpiece. Was told I was pulled over for no headlights and erratic speed change, going from a 45 zone to a 35 zone, which I knew was there, and properly executed. Am 95% positive lights were on, and passenger agrees. OHP was sitting at light facing the other way when I pulled out of lot going the opposite way. Don't feel he was right doing a U turn to follow when he only saw in rear mirror.
How do I find a local lawyer to assist with this, and the possibility of getting reduced? Totally clean driving record for last 30 years.
Search on AVVO for an attorney(s) in your area that specializes in criminal defense and particularly DUI charges. Interview a few different attorneys and see who you feel most comfortable with. Do not make your decision to hire an attorney solely on the lowest fee. A bad decision in regard to hiring a lawyer to represent you in this matter could have bad consequences for years to come.
There are many issues raised in your question. It appears that the test and the test result could be an issue at trial. Whether or not your lights were on could raise probable cause issues at motion. With a .086 test result the prosecutor may also offer a reckless operation or physical control plea. You need a good attorney that truly understands DUI charges. Look for one in the area that is a member of the National College of DUI Defense. They have a webpage you can go to that lists attorneys. Look for an attorney who has completed training to do the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. People who take that step usually spend a fair amount of time doing DUI cases. Most importantly, make sure anyone you talk to can speak with you fluently about the penalties and consequences of DUI cases.
For DUIs in Canton, I recommend The Ferruccio Law Firm. http://ferruccio.com. Hope this helps.
I see a reduction in your future. My colleagues are correct. A low reading and a good record, as well as a questionable basis for the vehicle stop, all bode well for you. Good Luck.
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