Criminal Defense in Orange County

How to Overcome a Negative Starting Position in Your DUI Trial

If you have been arrested for driving under the influence, you may be wondering what your chances of getting acquitted are if you proceed to trial rather than pleading guilty. An Orange County criminal attorney may be able to help you weigh the risks and benefits of going to trial, but keep in mind that trial will not be easy. This is because most jurors instinctively do not like or sympathize with defendants charged with DUI or drug-related offenses.

Experienced defense attorneys understand this, and they have proven ways of dealing with it. They understand that these defendants are charged with unpopular crimes and oftentimes, the defendant is uncharismatic and unlikable (though this is not always the case). As such, an experienced attorney knows that mounting a defense for such individuals from a negative starting position in the minds of most jurors is a difficult task.

This is one of several obstacles that your defense attorney will face. There are other obstacles, such as the facts that: (1) jurors tend to identify with police officers and figures of authority; (2) they inherently see the testimony of police officers as more credible than the testimony of defense witnesses; and (3) the prosecution will probably be able to present chemical and scientific evidence that will be portrayed as extremely reliable.

However, none of these obstacles are insurmountable, and an Orange County DUI attorney will have dealt with them before. If you have questions, contact The Law Office of Barney B. Gibbs today for a free initial consultation.