Expert Witnesses in DeKalb County DUI Cases
When facing a criminal offense, you may feel worried about the your future. In regards to a DUI offense, a conviction could have particularly negative consequences, such as the suspension of your privilege to drive. As a result, you may want to explore any opportunities you have to challenge the evidence against you, such as hiring experts to challenge the State’s evidence.
If you wish to retain expert witnesses in a DeKalb County DUI case, be sure to get in touch with a experienced attorney who could put you in touch with individuals who would qualify as experts.
When Would Someone be Considered an Expert Witness?
In order to be considered an expert witness, an individual must be considered an expert in a specific area of the case. For example, the types of experts often hired in DUI cases include experts who focus on breath testing, blood testing, and field sobriety testing. Lawyers must tender them as an expert initially, so they must have pre-trial hearing to establish that the court will declare the witness as an expert in that area.
The lawyers at Hawkins Spizman have significant resources, including former police officers and police training experts, that have been qualified as expert witnesses for both the State and the defense. Roadside field sobriety tests must be administered according to law enforcement training guidelines, and it is fairly common for a police officer to administer these tests incorrectly.
How to Challenge the Prosecution’s Expert Testimony
The defense can challenge the prosecution’s evidence by using their own expert witnesses. However, considering that the prosecution does not have to pay for expert testimony, whereas the defense does, the defense can utilize other methods instead. For example, retaining the services of a lawyer who has some training in blood, breath, and field sobriety testing could potentially neutralize any arguments related to that subject matter. Though this method is not foolproof, experts can make mistakes too, and the defense can capitalize on those mistakes in their favor. At Hawkins Spizman, our lawyers have not only attended the same training classes that most police officers have, but they teach other lawyers in Georgia and across the country in how to challenge this evidence.
What is the Role of an Expert Witness?
The role of an expert witness is to review the evidence and evaluate whether the evidence is accurate or inaccurate. For example, if a person’s blood alcohol level was 0.12, the evidence alone would be considered accurate since all the defendant did was blow into a machine and rendered a high BAC level. However, an expert witness can expand on the science of that number, reference any limitations of the device, and determine whether there was an error in the administration of the test that may have caused a falsely high reading.
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If you have been charged with DUI, you should do everything in your power to avoid a conviction. However, to challenge the accusations of the prosecution, you not only need to retain the services of an attorney, but you should also consider hiring the services of an expert. Someone with deep knowledge regarding a specific area could prove to be a valuable resource when constructing the basis of your defense.
To learn more about the impact of expert witnesses in DeKalb County DUI cases, be sure to schedule a consultation today.