Experienced DUI Defense In Kansas City, Kansas
People from every socio-economic background find themselves facing drunk driving charges. You may have never had any other negative contact with law enforcement in your life, but now you are accused of DUI. Alternatively, you may be accused of a second or third offense, and now your freedom is threatened.
Whatever your situation may be, we can help. Contact Colgan Law Firm LLC today for strong DUI defense representation. We can investigate your case and challenge any faulty evidence or mistakes in police procedure that would otherwise lead to a conviction. The sooner we get involved, the sooner we can begin fighting to protect your rights.
A Trial Attorney Fighting For Your Rights
While most DUI cases do not go to trial, having an experienced DUI trial attorney on your side means that the case will be prepared as if it will go to trial. This thorough preparation of DUI/DWI defense cases is what distinguishes us from other law firms.
When we represent you in court, the judge and the prosecutor know we are serious about safeguarding your rights and freedom. We have that kind of reputation in Kansas City, Kansas, and throughout Wyandotte, Leavenworth and Johnson counties.
We can take your case to trial if doing so will protect your rights and interests. Additionally, we can represent you in the administrative license hearing, which is part of a separate legal proceeding related to your driving privileges after a DUI traffic stop.
Important: Think back on the experience of being stopped by the officer and try to write down notes to yourself about what happened when you were stopped. These notes might be very important if you hope to contradict the official version of the traffic stop told by the arresting officer.
The Police Stop
There are certain constitutional protections afforded to any driver who is stopped by a police officer. The stop has to be legal, meaning the stop has to meet established procedural requirements such as “reasonable suspicion” that a crime has been committed. Additionally, a police officer must have “probable cause” to make a DUI arrest.
Whether or not a police officer had reasonable suspicion or probable cause is often the subject of argument in court. When we represent you in a DUI case, we thoroughly analyze the facts of the traffic stop, along with your account of it, to ensure that a police officer’s mistake in procedure does not lead to a conviction. Errors in police procedure are often grounds for DUI charges to be dismissed.
Field Sobriety Tests In Kansas
If a police officer stops you and begins an investigation into possible drunk driving, you will be asked to submit to various field sobriety tests. Prior to administering these tests, the officer must inform you of the implied consent law in Kansas. Implied consent means that, by driving on Kansas roads, drivers automatically consent to field sobriety testing. In other words, you will be charged with an offense if you refuse field sobriety testing.
While the results of standardized field sobriety tests are admissible in court, these tests — including the walk-and-turn test, the one-legged stand test and the horizontal gaze nystagmus test — are not always accurate indicators of driver impairment.
We can fully review the officer’s account of the field sobriety tests in your case and determine an effective legal strategy for protecting your rights.
Testing On The Intoxilyzer 8000
Over the last several decades, law enforcement officials across the country have tried to develop testing procedures that establish a legal presumption that a driver is impaired if he or she does not meet certain standards of testing.
The current generation of testing equipment used in Kansas is the Intoxilyzer 8000, which uses a breath sample to measure the alcohol content in someone’s blood. A person must exhale deep lung air into the device in order for it to register that the person is cooperating.
Depending on the circumstances, there may be numerous reasons for a person’s inability to exhale the required amount of breath into the device. In some cases, innocent people have been accused of refusing a required breath test when they were really trying to comply.
Contact An Experienced DUI Defense Lawyer
The legal issues in DUI cases are often far more complex than police and prosecutors would have you believe. At Colgan Law Firm LLC, we can explain your full range of legal options and aggressively defend your rights in court. Please understand: the stakes are high in Kansas DUI cases, and it is crucial to have an experienced defense attorney on your side.