VIDEO: NOT JUST FOR PROSECUTORS

Posted on: April 29, 2015 by in DUI
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California Vehicle Codes 23152(a) and 23152(b)

Orange County DUI lawyerMany California police agencies now use mobile audio and video recording devices. If you are arrested for DUI, these recordings can show prosecutors, judges, and jurors what really happened when you were pulled over. Audio and video evidence frequently helps DUI defendants prove that they are not guilty. In Orange County, if you are arrested for DUI under California Vehicle Codes 23152(a) and 23152(b), arrange at once to speak with an experienced Orange County DUI lawyer. One of your lawyer’s first moves will be to obtain any pertinent recording that is in the possession of law enforcement.

Many police officers in California now record stops for DUI, discussions with suspects, and field sobriety tests. Some officers will take video of your driving behavior prior to pulling you over. The recordings can protect the innocent police officer when there’s a false accusation of abuse or brutality, but the real value of audio and video recordings is the evidence they provides to defendants. It’s no longer the word of a DUI suspect against the word of a respected officer. If the police had no reason to stop you, the video can prove it. If you were not slurring your words, the audio can prove it. If you performed well on a field sobriety test, again, the video can prove it. California drivers should know that you are never obligated to take a field sobriety test unless you are 21 or over or on probation for a previous DUI.

Historically, when it’s your word against an arresting officer, juries and judges have generally given the officer the benefit of the doubt. Video and audio recordings eliminate that bias. In some DUI cases, scrutiny of the recording can lead to an acquittal or even a dismissal prior to trial. If you are accused of DUI in southern California, contact immediately an experienced Orange County DUI lawyer who knows how to use audio and video evidence effectively in your defense.

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