While your DUI defense attorney will be gathering many potential witnesses
and a lot of evidence for your
DUI defense, the single most important part of your case will be your own
testimony. You are likely the only witness to your arrest besides the
arresting officer, and only you are in any position to contradict the
officer's testimony at your trial. Because your case hinges on your
testimony, some prosecutors will attempt to trick you up with trick questions.
One example is asking the defendant if he is familiar with the symptoms
of intoxication. This question is trickier than it initially seems—if
you deny familiarity with those symptoms, you allow the prosecutor to
claim that you are not able to reliably testify as to whether or not you
were intoxicated, given your unfamiliarity with the symptoms. If you say
that you are familiar with the symptoms, you allow the prosecutor to insinuate
that the reason you are familiar is because you have a drinking problem.
Luckily, an experienced lawyer will be coach you as to how to deal with
this and other common "trick questions." He will help you articulate
your testimony and make sure that you create a good first impression,
making the jury more likely to view you as a real person rather than just
a possible drunk driver. Make sure you have an experienced Orange County
criminal defense attorney on your side at trial. Call The Law Office of
Barney B. Gibbs today for a
free initial consult.