Cross Examination of Police in Philadelphia
A Valuable DUI Defense Tactic
If you were arrested for DUI, it is important to hire a lawyer who understands
the importance of an effective cross-examination during a DUI trial. At
Parkinson, Tarpey & Lloyd, our
Philadelphia DUI attorneys are
former prosecutors who have valuable knowledge and insight into both sides of a case.
over 40 years of collective trial experience, we are prepared trial attorneys who stand ready to pull out all of the
stops in your DUI case, and this includes a full blown cross-examination
of the arresting police officer.
We have handled thousands of cases, and we have a full arsenal of DUI defenses.
Never Underestimate Cross-Examination of an Officer
As DUI lawyers, we cannot underestimate the value of cross-examination
during a criminal trial. Never was this truer than in DUI cases where
scientific and technical evidence is a central issue for the jury. That
being said, prosecutors often feel uncomfortable during cross-examination
and not because of lack of ability, but due to insufficient practice,
focus, or preparation for this aspect of trial.
For a prosecutor to successfully prosecute a DUI case, they will need to
present sufficient evidence to convict a defendant of the crime as charged
through direct evidence. As
Philadelphia criminal defense lawyers, it is our job to learn the techniques for cross-examining police officers
and prosecution experts, in order to introduce reasonable doubt into the
minds of the jury.
Knowledge of the Facts
With a DUI case, each detail in the arresting officer's statement is
important in some way and may sway a jury. Knowledge of the facts about
the incident itself, the conditions of the area at the time of the arrest,
and the client are very important, thus it's important for criminal
defense lawyers to never ask a question they don't already know the
answer to and ask leading questions.
It is important to accentuate the positive from the start and to humanize
the client. Everybody acts differently when stopped by police officers,
which is why these facts need to be communicated through effective cross-examination.
During cross-examination our goal is to:
- Question the reliability of the officer's statements
- Introduce doubt into the minds' of the jury
- Accentuate the positive for our client; for example, point out what the
client did right
- Search for any evidence of police officer misconduct
- Determine if the officer's testimony aligns with the dash cam footage
- Show that an officer's testimony may be highly subjective
- Point out that a client's rights were violated (where applicable)
Fight your DUI charges. Contact our office today!
If you were arrested for DUI, we urge you to
contact our office to discuss the details of your case in a
free case evaluation with one of our Philadelphia DUI attorneys. We have extensive trial experience
cross-examining arresting police officers and we can use this experience
to your advantage in court!