Let’s say you’re facing driving under the influence (DUI) charges in Orange County, California, and you’re bitter about the incident. You strongly feel that law enforcement made a mistake or did not follow procedure and you want to go to trial. But you are wondering, “Will the jury have a pro-police mentality or will they be impartial?”
We must understand that since the 1980s, the government and media has launched countless anti-drinking and driving campaigns. Because of the level of awareness about drunk driving, jurors are sure to have skewed perceptions about DUI. That said, a highly-skilled DUI defense attorney can combat the jury bias by exposing police misconduct, inaccuracies, and other departures from police procedure.
In other words, you can expect jurors to have strong feelings about DUI, but that should not stop you from fighting your DUI charges if you have a strong case. DUI cases are complex and no two are identical – there are many different DUI defense strategies.
Where Can the Police Go Wrong?
While most officers try to do the right thing, there will always be a few bad apples, just like in any other occupation. Plus, the police are human so they are prone to making mistakes.
Here are some ways the police can error in a DUI case:
- Sloppy reports
- Failure to follow proper procedure
- Poor reasons for the initial stop
- Improperly calibrated machines
- Poorly-conducted field sobriety tests
If you are planning on going to trial, know that not guilty verdicts are based on two things: the facts of the case and the capability of the DUI defense attorney. Before you make up your mind, we recommend consulting with a lawyer to determine if you have a good chance of winning at trial. If an attorney agrees that you have a shot, it’s his or her job to convince the jury that you are innocent of DUI. Of course, there are ways to fight a DUI charge out of court as well.
Facing DUI charges in Orange County? Contact the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. for a free case evaluation!