DUI defense lawyer is known for being adept at cross-examination and closing statements.
In our opinion, a good cross-examination of an arresting officer will
show a jury exactly what we want them to see. This is our golden opportunity
to humanize our client, and expose the weaknesses in the case against
him or her.
With the right presence and courtroom rhetoric, it's possible to effectively
cross-examine an arresting officer at a
Some criminal lawyers have subtle personalities, however, success hinges
on the defense attorney’s full knowledge of what’s in the
police report, what’s on the tape, and their willingness to get
A good DUI defense lawyer will know which questions to ask, and they will
methodically ask questions of the officer, without getting rattled. Cross-examination
of the police officer is accusatory by nature, and it is our job to expose
any lies (without calling the officer a liar) or officers who dishonor
a very honorable profession.
What is cross-examination? It is an attorney’s opportunity to ask
a witness questions in court. However, cross-examination is not a deposition.
It is a chance to ask a witness, or in this case the arresting officer,
open-ended questions. It is our chance to show the jury why a witness
is mistaken or simply wrong.
Goals of Cross Examining the Arresting Officer
The goals of cross examining the arresting officer in an Orange County
DUI case are pretty straightforward:
- To contrast what the officer claims our client did wrong with everything
that the client did right.
- To expose inconsistencies in the police report.
- To offer up reasonable explanations for the client’s behavior other
than that he or she was intoxicated.
- Conclude the cross examination on a high note, emphasizing reasonable doubt.
Being thoroughly prepared aids greatly in our control of DUI trials and
in the cross-examination of witnesses. In fact, we firmly believe that
it is our level of preparation that has resulted in so many client success stories.
the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. if you are facing DUI charges
in Orange County!