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Cross-Examination of a Police Officer

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:

  • Age
  • 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.