DUI Attorney in Orlando Cross-Examination
Cross-Examination of the Arresting Officer
The arresting officer will typically be the key witness for the prosecution in virtually any DUI case. This officer’s testimony will be difficult for the defendant to hear, but it is important to remember that your defense attorney will have the opportunity to cross-examine the witness. This is where your attorney will have the opportunity to shine. Though the arresting officer may initially testify that you were extremely inebriated and even made statements to the fact, performed poorly on field sobriety tests and failed a breath test, there are various ways that an experienced attorney can use cross-examination to reveal mistakes or errors in the officer’s judgment.
At Katz & Phillips, P.A. we understand the importance of a thorough cross examination as part of the DUI defense counsel we provide to clients in the face of their Orlando DUI charges. Treat the cross-examination of the arresting officer and any other witnesses with the utmost importance both in criminal court and at a client’s DHSMV hearing regarding the administrative suspension of their driver’s license. In fact, the cross-examination performed at the license suspension hearing may prove invaluable in our ability to prepare for the criminal court case.
What is a cross-examination and how can it help me fight my Orlando DUI charges?
Cross-examination is defined as the interrogation of a witness called by one’s opponent in a trial or hearing. Because the arresting officer is a witness called by the prosecuting attorney in an Orlando DUI case, the defense attorney’s questioning of the arresting officer on the stand would be considered the cross-examination of the witness. This is the defense attorney’s opportunity to challenge statements made by the officer and to bring to light any errors, mistakes or violations of the defendant’s rights that may have occurred.
Interested in learning more about the power of cross-examination in a drunk driving case? Contact an Orlando DUI lawyer at our law offices for a confidential review of your case.