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How can you use police video footage to fight your DUI case?

On Behalf of | May 24, 2024 | DUI

Police footage may be able to help people facing DUI charges in Pennsylvania.

By carefully analyzing the footage, defendants can challenge the prosecution’s case. They could potentially mitigate the consequences of a conviction.

Review the traffic stop

The police video footage often begins with the traffic stop itself. Defendants should pay close attention to how the officer initiated the stop and any interactions that occurred during this time. Any inconsistencies or violations of the defendant’s rights could weaken the prosecution’s case.

Observe field sobriety tests

Field sobriety tests are common during DUI stops to assess a driver’s level of impairment. By reviewing the video footage of these tests, defendants can evaluate the accuracy of the officer’s observations and the fairness of the testing conditions. Any errors or improper conduct by the officer could cast doubt on the validity of the test results.

Examine breath or blood tests

If a breath or blood test occurred, the video footage may capture the process. Defendants should scrutinize the administration of these tests for any irregularities or deviations from standard procedures. Inaccurate testing methods or equipment malfunctions could provide grounds for challenging the validity of the test results.

Assess conduct and statements

Throughout the interaction with law enforcement, defendants should assess their own behavior and statements on the police video footage. Maintaining composure and avoiding incriminating statements can help protect their rights and strengthen their defense. Additionally, any misconduct or inappropriate behavior by the arresting officer could discredit the officer’s testimony.

Facing DUI charges in Pennsylvania can be stressful, especially given the potential consequences of a conviction. Police video footage is one of many potentially helpful avenues to build a robust defense.