In California, if you are arrested for
driving under the influence (DUI), then you have the chance to take your case to trial and defend
yourself. During that time, the prosecutors and your DUI defense attorney
will cross-examine the police officer who arrested you.
Always keep this thought in mind, however, that police officers are seasoned
and know how to compose themselves in trial. They have been witnesses
and have offered numerous testimonies at trials over the course of their
careers. They are not intimidated by the courtroom atmosphere or feel
nervous at the thought of answering prosecutor questions.
How a DUI Lawyer Cross-Examines an Officer
How does a DUI lawyer handle a case when it comes time for cross-examination?
As previously discussed, police officers will not show the same level
of nervousness as other witnesses when questioned by both prosecutors
and defense teams.
I, Robert F. Sommers, a Ventura DUI attorney, know this firsthand, having
formerly worked as a prosecutor. This fact begs the question as to how
best to help a client? Every officer is different and will have a different
approach to how he or she views and enforces the law.
Some of these factors include:
- Life experiences
- Knowledge of the law
- Knowledge of alcohol and intoxication
- Whether or not the officer uses alcohol
- Whether or not he or she has received specialized training in law enforcement
Various other factors might impact his or her observations and the way
that they conduct an arrest and investigation for DUI. A defense attorney
needs to stay one step ahead of the officer during cross-examinations.
It takes confidence and persuasiveness to win over a jury. The line of
questioning should be positive and depict a clearer, more thorough picture
of the scene.
Call Us Today!
This is one of the reasons it is crucial that you have an attorney who
is not only knowledgeable but also aggressive and is skilled with the
courtroom. At The Law Offices of Robert F. Sommers, our Ventura DUI lawyer
is a former prosecutor and knows how both sides of the courtroom operate.
That insight is what can ultimately make a positive difference in the
outcome of your case.
To see how we can help you with your DUI case, please schedule a
free consultation today.