A 20-year-old woman has been taken into custody in East Hartford after her involvement in an alleged DUI accident. The incident occurred at on Oct. 19. Her vehicle was stopped after an officer reportedly observed the driver failing to maintain the correct lane.
An officer conducted the traffic stop at about 2 a.m. on Sullivan Avenue. The officer suspected that the woman was intoxicated, and after she performed poorly on field sobriety tests, she was taken into custody as a result. Reports indicate that she was released on a non-surety bond for $500. Her next court appearance was scheduled on Oct. 27 in Manchester.
An individual in a similar situation might consider various options when facing charges of driving under the influence. Although a defendant could go to trial on the matter, there may be options for seeking lesser charges and penalties based on a lack of prior incidents. The assistance of an experienced lawyer might be helpful for presenting a clear and thorough defense or in negotiating a plea agreement.
A lawyer working with a client who has been charged based on sobriety tests might be concerned about whether breath testing or a blood draw was used to determine the level of alleged impairment. Additionally, a lawyer might evaluate protocol used in the administration of a field sobriety test to verify whether the test was consistent with established guidelines. In some cases, the manner of determining a defendant's blood alcohol content might leave room for argument if the method has a history of producing inconsistent or inaccurate results.
Source: Patch.com, "East Hartford woman accused of DUI in South Windsor", Vincent Salzo, November 12, 2014