Criminal Defense Attorney
Should I hire a criminal defense attorney?
When you are charged with a crime many times you will be issued a ticket. Other times you will be notified of an alleged crime by a charging document, usually a warrant or notice of the existence of a warrant.
Here is how it often happens: You are driving along and you get pulled over for having a taillight out, speeding, swerving, or some other reason. The officer walks up to your vehicle and tells you that he/she smells alcohol and asks you to step out. The officer then runs you through a bunch of ridiculous tests that you would have a hard time passing in any state of mind.
The police officer expects you to complete the filed sobriety tests with 100% accuracy; you are given very few rules and directions and may be asked to perform them in flip flops, heals, in the dark, on gravel, on a slant, or some other difficult condition that the officer will fail to mention in his police report.
Regardless of how well you do at the field sobriety tests you will likely be told that you stuttered, slipped, forgot something, excreta. The office may also “ask” you to take a preliminary breath test (PBT).
You will be read some information about the test and that if you refuse the PBT you will be given a fine and they’ll probably arrest you anyway. Or, they may ask you without any warning or any penalty to take the test, or they may tell you to take the test and later write in a report that you “consented”.
There are video cameras in just about every single police officer patrol car that records this interaction with the police officer. A criminal defense attorney can get this video if you hire one soon enough.
What if the video shows that your taillight wasn’t out? What if the video shows the officer wasn’t close enough to smell alcohol on your breath? What if the video shows you passed the field sobriety tests? What if the video shows the officer didn’t read you any information about the PBT, or administered it incorrectly?
These mistakes happen all the time, and as a result – criminal defense attorneys get cases dismissed and criminal defense attorneys can get juries to acquit.
If you have been charged with a crime contact the Michigan criminal defense attorney, Aaron J. Boria (248) 956-0350