Ohio readers might be interested in the following account of two people who were charged with DUI after attempting to pick up a friend who was also charged with DUI. According to a local news outlet, a woman was taken into custody on suspicion of driving while intoxicated in New Jersey on the night of Dec. 16.
The woman apparently called three friends in succession to pick her up at the police station because the first two were also allegedly under the influence when they arrived. According to police, the woman who was first taken into custody displayed signs of intoxication, failed a field sobriety test and swerved in her car. The first friend whom she called is also said to have shown signs of intoxication, and police allegedly discovered seven Vicodin pills in her possession, for which she had no prescription. The friend was charged with DUI and possession of a controlled substance.
Police officers allege that the second friend to arrive also appeared intoxicated and failed a field sobriety test. He was taken into custody and charged with DUI. Eventually, a fourth friend, who was sober enough to drive, arrived at the police station.
It might come as a surprise that not just one, but two allegedly intoxicated people would take the chance of driving to a police station. However, whether these individuals were pulled over while on the road or drove themselves to the police station, an attorney’s approach for their defense might be the same.
Much of the evidence presented in a DUI case is circumstantial. For example, whether a person passes or fails a roadside sobriety test is dependent on a police officer’s judgment. Other tests, such as blood or breath tests, give only approximate results. Since much of the evidence is circumstantial, it may be possible to challenge it in court.
On the other hand, it is possible for a defendant to avoid a trial by accepting a plea bargain. In most cases, a plea deal is worked out between the defense and the prosecution. A defendant might receive a reduced sentence in exchange for a guilty or no contest plea.