As an experienced King County DUI lawyer, I know that in every drunk-driving case, the defendant starts from a negative position. Simply put, the average juror does not sympathize with or like the person accused of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. These are unpopular crimes and, in many cases, the defendants do not come across as likeable or charismatic individuals.
Overcoming this negative juror perception is a difficult, but not impossible task for a savvy King County DUI lawyer. Other obstacles the defense must overcome in order to achieve a “not guilty” verdict include:
- Jurors tend to identify with police officers. Most jurors respect police officers and will identify more strongly with the police officers than with the DUI defendant. Consequently, these jurors will find the officer’s testimony more credible than the defendant’s (if the defendant testifies).
- No witnesses testify for the defense. Often, the defendant will exercise his 5th Amendment right to remain silent, and will not testify at the trial. Indeed, there may be no witnesses called by the defense at all.
- The prosecution will have chemical evidence. In almost every case, the state will have chemical evidence (blood, breath or urine test evidence) that will be presented by an expert witness and touted by the prosecutor as being nearly infallible.
- The trial is prosecution-oriented. Everything about the trial, including the applicable law, is prosecution-oriented.
I am a knowledgeable King County DUI lawyer with extensive courtroom experience, as both a former prosecutor and now as a defense lawyer, protecting the rights of individuals charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If you would like to talk with me about your case, please submit the Free Case Evaluation form on this page, or call or email me.