Seattle DUI Evidence
Normally, when the law enforcement officer is pulling over a drive in Seattle for violating the Washington Vehicle Code or during the analysis of the car collision, the DUI investigation begins as well. One way or the other, the process of collecting the evidence will start right when the law enforcement officer is going to focus on you, the defendant. Generally speaking, a DUI case will largely include the following categories of evidence:
- Noticed driving patterns that resembled with impairment.
- Noticed physical symptoms of impairment.
- Audio or Video footage of the traffic stop as well as the investigation.
- A driver’s own admission of consuming alcohol, using drugs or medications, or feeling intoxicated.
- Field Sobriety Test results.
- Preliminary Alcohol Screening (PAS) test results.
- Available breath evidence.
- Available blood test evidence.
- Police reports that include the statements of officers, passengers and witnesses.
- Dispatch logs, records and tapes.
As a portion of the process of “Discovery”, the Seattle DUI lawyer will need to work hard on collecting, examining as well as attacking each piece of evidence that could be used against you. In addition, it is also vital that your legal representative has the expertise as well as assets that are required to uncover, gather as well as present any additional evidence, which may not be included in the prosecution’s case. Here are several general examples of defense evidence:
- Mechanical issues with your car that explain bad driving.
- Medical or physical issues you may have that affected your ability to perform
Field Sobriety Tests or that may have affected the results of blood/breath tests.
- Attacking the officer’s honesty as well as his or her credibility.
- Statements from the independent witnesses.
- Physical evidence, which process that you were not driving, (for instance, blood stains, broken glass and so on).
- Video footage from additional sources other than the patrol vehicle.
- Calibration, maintenance and performance logs of any breathalyzers that were used in the process.
- Calibration, maintenance and performance logs of the gas chromatography for blood testing that was used in the process.
- Repeated analysis of your blood sample at an independent lab.
- Evidence that points to the chain of custody.
- Certification that allows the officer to administer a breath test.
- Certification of the phlebotomist that allows him or her to draw blood.
- Certification of the analyst was testing the blood to begin with.
Discovering as well as analyzing all the evidence may not be enough. Once the proper evidence is gathered, your DUI lawyer in Seattle will need to have all the skills and experience in order to prepare and demonstrate that evidence in a proper manner in the Seattle court as well as during the administrative DOL hearing.