If You Are Charged With A DUI In Pennsylvania, It Is Important To Know What Evidence Could Be Used Against You In Court
One question that clients often ask us regarding DUI cases in Pennsylvania is, “What evidence can be used against me in court?” The answer, unfortunately, is that several items can be submitted against you in court.
The good news is that some of the evidence can be challenged during your DUI case in Pennsylvania. This is why it is so important to have an experienced DUI law firm on your side like Wyland Law Group.
Breathalyzer Test Results
Among the most common pieces of evidence that are submitted against DUI defendants in Pennsylvania are the results of a breathalyzer test. Many Pennsylvanians assume that a positive breathalyzer test result will close the case.
This is not necessarily true.
Wyland Law Group can challenge the results of a breathalyzer test. In Pennsylvania, we can challenge whether the breathalyzer test was administered properly by the police officer or state trooper at the scene. We can also challenge whether the police/prosecution properly preserved the evidence. A positive breathalyzer result does not have to mean that a conviction is imminent.
Other DUI Evidence
There are several other pieces of evidence that can be submitted against you in a DUI trial in Pennsylvania. These items include:
- Field Sobriety Test Results
- Chemical Test Results
- Witness/Officer Testimony
- Statements You Made To The Officer
Luckily, all of these types of evidence can also be challenged. As with the breathalyzer test results, your lawyer can challenge whether the evidence was properly administered and/or preserved.
Evidence Can Be Excluded
In Pennsylvania, we have a specific set of rules that govern the presentation of evidence in court proceedings. Evidence submitted to the court as part of your DUI trial must be ruled admissible by a judge. This means that the evidence submitted against you cannot be unfairly prejudicial, confusing or misleading to the jury, or a waste of the court/jury’s time.
Additionally, the evidence submitted against you cannot cause undue delays in the trial. For evidence to be admitted, the prosecution must prove — pursuant to Pennsylvania law — that the evidence has a tendency to make a fact more or less probable than it would be without said evidence, and that said fact is consequential in determining the action.
All of that is to say that a good DUI attorney in Pennsylvania will challenge every piece of evidence submitted against you in court. After all, you have rights in Pennsylvania, and also Constitutional Rights, that protect you from groundless evidence/accusations.
If evidence is not admissible, we will not only seek to exclude it, but also ensure that serious doubts are raised in the minds of the jury if the evidence is admitted. Unfortunately, many Pennsylvanians do not avail themselves of such quality legal service.
If you’ve been charged with a DUI, contact us immediately so we can begin building your case. You can submit a form on the website or call 412-710-0013. We’re here to help.