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Why Hire Howerton Law Firm for Your DUI/DWI Defense?

Many attorneys will accept a DUI/DWI case with no real intention of fighting it. Our clients hire us because we are serious about DUI/DWI defense and they know that we will take care of this burden for them, because we know how to defend against a conviction. Many people come to Howerton Law Firm for our experience in this area. At Howerton Law Firm, we know the laws, we know the procedures, we know the tests performed, and we know how to attack the state’s case and evidence to win a DWI/DUI case. We know our clients need us. We are here to help, we are here to represent, and we are here to fight! People come to Howerton Law Firm for DUI/DWI defense, because they know they will get serious representation.

DWI Defense in Arkansas

Why Hire a DWI Defense Attorney
Contrary to what many people and attorneys believe, there are defenses to a DUI/DWI charge. The first thing that must be considered is the officer’s reasoning for stopping you or approaching you. If the officer cannot articulate some legally valid reason, then the stop altogether may be suppressed due to improper procedure.

Next, the officer must have some articulable suspicion that you are intoxicated to pull you out of your vehicle and have you perform the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. Furthermore, the tests are just that, standardized. If they are not performed in the standardized manner, all the veracity is lost and the test is inaccurate and useless. Most officers take a course on how to perform these tests, but never renew that certification or review the procedures. For these reasons, often times, these tests are not administered properly, rendering them worthless and unreliable in court. Many times, the officers will not bring their certifications with them to court, allowing for complete suppression of the BAC results or Standard Field Sobriety Tests results.

The technology used today to determine the blood alcohol level of an individual can at times fail at its specific purpose. The BAC datamaster machine must be calibrated properly and timely, and administered accurately for the reading to be accurate. Any slight deviation from these requirements can produce an inaccurate reading rendering the results unreliable.

The bottom line is that there are many requirements that must be met for a DUI/DWI conviction and many times they are not. This is why a good attorney is able to attack the tests, BAC results, officer’s training, and the state’s case altogether for successfully defending against a conviction.

The law says that it is illegal to drive while “intoxicated,” not to drive after ingesting alcohol, and you need an attorney who knows the difference and is able to get results

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Howerton Law Firm

Howerton Law Firm is an Arkansas general practice law firm located in Fayetteville, AR. Our Arkansas attorneys handle many different areas of practice anywhere in the state of Arkansas. Our Arkansas lawyers handle Arkansas criminal law, Arkansas civil rights, personal injury in Arkansas, Arkansas estate planning, Arkansas family law, Arkansas financial law, Arkansas real estate law, Arkansas bankruptcy law, and Arkansas business law. Contact Howerton Law Firm today at 479-587-9300 and a knowledgeable Arkansas lawyer will speak with you about your legal issue(s) in Arkansas.