To the untrained eye, many drunk driving cases can seem pretty open and shut. The police can make claims of seeing a driver acting intoxicated, which may be corroborated by witnesses and field sobriety, breath and blood tests can all point to a blood alcohol content that is beyond the legal limit. Yet, the truth of the matter can be quite different. Prosecutors often run into evidentiary issues that, when properly exploited, can lead to decreased or dismissed charges, or even an acquittal at trial.
Determining where a prosecution’s weaknesses lay requires legal skill and experience, particularly when it comes to evidentiary matters. Chain of custody, for example, is usually only identified after close questioning of pertinent witnesses and careful examination of testing and chain of custody documentation. Field sobriety test errors may also be identified once police officer testimony is cross-referenced with standardized testing practices. Even eyewitness accounts can be full of inconsistencies and biases that may only be extrapolated upon skilled questioning during depositions and trial. Therefore, those who want to maximize their chances of beating back claims made by an aggressive prosecutor need to ensure that they have the criminal defense skills that are oftentimes necessary to do so.
Many New York residents turn to qualified legal professionals to help them with this aspect of their case. The legal team at the Law Office of James L Riotto is well-versed in the prosecutorial ways of the state’s attorneys and how they make mistakes. We therefore turn to every case with a critical eye, looking for errors that may leave a door open to reaching a favorable outcome for our clients.
Many New Yorkers have turned to us for representation in these matters, and we take pride in the work we have provided for our clients over the years. Those who want to learn more about what makes us a successful criminal defense firm and how we may be able to help them avoid the harsh penalties associated with DUI charges can read the rest of our blog and consider reaching out to us.
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