Criminal Defense in Orange County

Attacking a Claim of Bloodshot Eyes

A typical basis for a drunk driving (DUI) arrest is the arresting officer's claim of "bloodshot eyes." However, bloodshot (or glassy) eyes are not sufficient evidence that will amount to guilt in a California DUI case. So, if an officer pulled you over for a DUI and cited bloodshot eyes as probable cause in your arrest, an Orange County criminal attorney may be able to successfully defend you.

The arresting officer does not know what your eyes normally look like. Nor does the officer know what caused your eyes to become bloodshot. Many different factors can lead to bloodshot eyes, including medical conditions such as allergies, dry weather, contacts, fatigue, smog, or smoke. As such, your lawyer can successfully argue that your bloodshot eyes are not sufficient evidence to justify a DUI conviction.

During trial, your criminal defense lawyer will aggressively cross-examine the arresting officer regarding his observations of the so-called bloodshot appearance of your eyes. By properly questioning whether the arresting officer's observations were valid reasons for your DUI arrest, your lawyer may be able to successfully convince the judge (and jury) that the basis for your arrest was invalid. As such, all evidence collected after your arrest must be dismissed.

Only a consultation with an Orange County DUI lawyer will get you a comprehensive and aggressive defense from the evidence against you. So, if you have been charged with a DUI, you should contact a knowledgeable attorney as soon as possible. Call The Law Office of Barney B. Gibbs for a free evaluation of your case.