Successful DUI litigation needs to start immediately after arrest. A drivers license hearing must be requested or the arrestee, even if exonerated in court, will lose his license. Video footage must be requested and/or subpoenaed. The breathalyzer calibration records must be examined, because the machines do malfunction. If a blood test is administered, the lab chromatogram itself (the actual instrument results) must be examined. A criminal defense lawyer should not rely on a state crime lab tech's interpretation of it. A private investigator may need to attend the scene, weather records may need to be examined, and officer certification may be called into question. It is essential to look for any and all constitutional violations in these cases: did the officer have a valid reason to pull the defendant over? Did he inform the criminal defendant of his rights under Miranda? Did he have probable cause before he requested the breathalyzer? Or did he unconstitutionally turn a traffic stop into a DUI investigation without reasonable suspicion? A DUI criminal defendant requires a full service law firm, including association with a private investigator, to ensure the best defense against these very serious charges. Peter Goodall raises, briefs, and argues these issues in many cases almost every week.
Aggressively litigating the criminal side of the case is only half the job though. Frequently, the loss of driving privileges can be as devastating to a DUI defendant as a criminal conviction. Avoiding this ramification requires knowledge and experience in administrative law and appeal. A police officer's subtle lapse in procedural formality, not warning a DUI defendant of his administrative rights in a certain way, not correctly completing or submitting paperwork, or not correctly administering field sobriety or chemical tests can mean the difference between driving and riding the bus for months or even years. Peter Goodall has litigated countless DUI's over more than a decade. There are few if any issues he has not litigated.
The Legislature passes new DUI laws nearly every year. You need a criminal defense lawyer who is up-to-date with these changes. In 2013, as a member of the Legislative Committee of the Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Peter Goodall addressed the law makers on Utah's Capitol Hill and had DUI laws changed. He successfully argued to change the law to permit home confinement in lieu of jail time for felony DUI offenders. That kind of knowledge and experience can make a difference in your case.
A DUI can disrupt almost every part of your life: it affects your license, your job, your insurance, your ability to get professional licenses, and your future employability -- that's besides the mandatory jail time, fines, treatment and breathalyzer interlock devices required on your car.