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California DUI Police Reports

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Anders Johnson
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Okay, you've been arrested and released.  You are now charged with DUI.  You have written down everything that you can remember that happened during your stop by the California police officer.  You hire your attorney.  Your attorney gives you a copy of the police report. 

As you are reading through the report, done on a computer template, you notice that much of what is there is not true.  Why?  Because police officers are using pre-written arrest reports in DUI cases. They are writing out a batch of similar reports detailing intoxication  symptoms like red eyes, slurred speech, odor of alcohol.  Also, the "details" of failed field sobriety tests, checking off procedures properly done, and the inevitable failure on the tests.  Really all the officer is doing is simply filling in the names, dates, etc., when they actually make an arrest.

With computer templates and word processing forms which have all of the “facts” already entered, with blanks to fill in for name, date, place, a busy officer has no choice.  The question is what you can do about it.

This is the reason why you need to write everything down as soon as possible after your arrest.  A good DUI attorney will know to intensely question the officer, who, several months later, will have to rely exclusively on his canned report, and won't be able to go beyond the report.  Don't let the officer get away with his laziness.  Your right to an accurate report is crucial to defending yourself.

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