DWI cases frequently involve scientific and other highly technical evidence, as well as fundamental constitutional issues, which give me an opportunity to apply my background litigating complex forensics issues in serious felony cases to the DWI context.
Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) May 17, 2012
Raleigh DWI lawyer Ben Hiltzheimer, founder of The Hiltzheimer Firm, PLLC, has devoted his entire legal career to fighting for the rights of individuals charged with crimes, and has established a record of excellent results on behalf of his clients. In his new Raleigh, North Carolina, practice, he announced that he will refocus his firm's work on representing individuals charged with DWI / DUI, and related drunk-driving offenses, along with other misdemeanors and felonies.
“DWI cases can be just as complicated as the more serious criminal cases on which I built my career,” said Mr. Hiltzheimer. “DWI cases frequently involve scientific and other highly technical evidence, as well as fundamental constitutional issues, which give me an opportunity to apply my background litigating complex forensics issues in serious felony cases to the context of drunk driving cases.”
DWI cases often require litigation of validation, training, and procedures relating to the administration of breath, blood, and urine tests such as the portable Alco-Sensor FST® breath test frequently used in the field, and desktop breath instruments such as the Intoxilyzer® 5000 and Intoximeter / Intox EC/IR® II tests used at police stations. In addition, a challenge to the training and procedures underlying physical performance-based field sobriety tests can be central to a successful DWI defense.
DWI cases also frequently involve basic constitutional issues. For example, the Fourth Amendment requires that a police officer have probable cause to make an arrest, or reasonable articulable suspicion to justify a vehicle stop. If the initial stop is found to be illegal, any evidence recovered subsequently – including admissions regarding alcohol consumption, or breathalyzer results – may be thrown out altogether. And the Fifth Amendment, also a powerful protection in DWI cases, requires that a defendant be read his or her Miranda rights, prior to any interrogation by law enforcement.
Criminal defense attorney Ben Hiltzheimer’s background is well-suited to handling this specific nexus of issues that arise in DWI cases. He began his legal career litigating complex forensics issues in serious felony cases, working with scientists and other forensics experts to identify flaws in the government’s presentation of DNA, fingerprints, hair and fiber analysis, firearms comparisons (conventionally known as ballistics), and other highly technical forensic evidence. Mr. Hiltzheimer then brought that experience into his work as a trial attorney, representing individuals charged with serious felonies at pre-trial motions hearings and trial, where he gained significant experience – and won many victories – on issues similar to those found in the typical DWI case. He looks forward to bringing that background and experience to the context of a practice focused on applying the same techniques and expertise to the context of defending North Carolinians facing DWI charges in Raleigh and surrounding areas.
The Hiltzheimer Firm, PLLC, is a criminal defense law practice based in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. Raleigh DWI lawyer Ben Hiltzheimer is committed to fighting for the rights of individuals charged with DUI / DWI, along with the full spectrum of criminal charges ranging from simple misdemeanors to serious, complex felonies. Call (919) 727-9227 for a free attorney consultation.
Disclaimer: The information provided in this press release and on The Hiltzheimer Firm's website are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact a locally licensed attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular legal issue, and nothing in this news release or websites linked herein create an attorney-client relationship. Each case is different, and no specific result in any individual case can be guaranteed. Ben Hiltzheimer is licensed to practice law in North Carolina, as well as the District of Columbia and California (inactive).