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Can my DUI charges be dismissed?

Being pulled over and charged with a driving while intoxicated (DUI) offense is a serious, scary and life-altering event. DUI charges carry significant criminal and administrative penalties. You may face jail time, lose your driving privileges, be forced to pay costly fines and suffer damage to your personal and professional reputation and relationships.

If you are facing DUI charges, you may be confused and have a number of questions, including whether your charges could be reduced or dismissed. There are defense strategies an attorney can use to raise doubts about your arrest and challenge drunk driving charges. Depending on your situation, the charges against you could be reduced or dropped altogether.

An attorney may raise questions about and challenge issues related to your arrest including:

  • Was there probable cause for you to be pulled over? If your case goes to court, the arresting officer must cite why he or she pulled you over.
  • Were the proper procedures followed? Were your Miranda rights read? Was the Standardized Field Sobriety Test administered correctly? If you failed it, was there another reason for that such as physical impairment?
  • Was a Breathalyzer test administered correctly? Was the officer properly trained? Was the device calibrated correctly? Other factors, like illness or vomiting, could also have played a role.
  • Was your blood test properly administered or stored? Could a sample have been tampered with and can the arresting police officer testify about how the sample was collected, transported and stored in court?


If you are facing DUI charges, consulting with an attorney about your individual case will help you to explore your options and chart a course of action.

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An Award-Winning LawyerFirm founder Dustin R.T. Sullivan has been recognized as one of the leading attorneys in North Carolina. His accolades include:

  • Super Lawyer2017 Rising Star in DWI Defense Super Lawyers of North Carolina
  • Superior DUI Attorney 20162016 Superior DUI Attorney ranking for fourth consecutive year by the National Advocacy for DUI Defense
  • Super Lawyer | Dustin R.T. Sullivan | Selected In 20172016 Public Service Award for Legal Aid of North Carolina
  • 10 Best 2017 | Attorney | Client Satisfaction 2015 10 Best Client Satisfaction Award by the American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • NAFLA2015 Top 10 Ranking by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys
    • Top Rated On AVVO
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    • Top Contributor Award 2014 | Dustin R.T. Sullivan | Avvo
    • Avvo Rating 10.0 | Dustin R.T. Sullivan | Top Attorney
    • 2014 Top 100 Attorneys in North Carolina by the National Advocacy for DUI Defense
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  • StarNews Media | Finalist for Best Attorney2013 Finalist for Best Attorney in Cape Fear region by Wilmington Star News
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