Throughout most of the 20th century, in most DUI cases, the police and the prosecutors had their way and ran the show. Juries seldom questioned the testimony of police officers, who were generally considered upstanding and trustworthy authority figures. Then something changed – technology. As our own century began, almost everyone started carrying a cell phone with a camera. Cars started being equipped with dashcams. And the internet lets you post what you record so that the whole world can see it. Jurors and the public, no longer quite so innocent, have by now seen countless examples of police officers bullying and abusing citizens for no reasons, violating rights, and lying about it under oath.
When a police officer wears a body camera, or a citizen takes a cell phone video, it can provide immediate, first-hand evidence in DUI cases. If a police officer charges that a driver’s speech was slurred or that a driver’s eyes were bloodshot, the video can confirm that those charges are accurate or prove that they’re not. Many police departments already use dash-cams, but much can happen outside of the dash-camera’s view. Footage from body cameras will literally show us everything that happens. If you’re charged with DUI in Orange County – whether or not there’s a video of your arrest – take your case at once to an experienced Orange County DUI defense attorney.
When police officers abuse or bully citizens, violate their rights, or lie in court, that’s always bad, and the ability of new technologies to expose those actions is good. Every jury trial in the United States – including DUI cases in Orange County – will now be heard by jurors who are less naïve and less willing to accept an arresting officer’s testimony at face value. With the right attorney, your chances of fighting a DUI charge and winning are now better than ever. If you’re arrested for driving under the influence in Orange County, obtain legal help at once by contacting an experienced Orange County DUI defense attorney.