Quiz: Are you ready to testify? How prepared are you for your next DUI case?
How can you prepare your report, and yourself, for your next DUI testimony?
By Police1 Staff
Driving under the influence (DUI), or driving while intoxicated (DWI) cases are frustrating for law enforcement. The impact on the community is apparent. DUI statistics show more than 300,000 people drive drunk every day, but only about 3,200 are arrested. As of 2017, there were 1,438 deaths caused by drunk driving in Texas alone.
Still, while officers continue to cite drunk drivers, court systems tend to be lenient and many cases are resolved without punishment.
Part of this lack of accountability is due to poor reporting and field notes during the incident. DUIs might not appear in court for months or years after the incident. How well you recall the scene will matter in the jury’s eyes.
Are you prepared to testify?
DUI laws differ by state. Details like what it means to actually be driving, or operating a vehicle, is a major rebuttal in the court system. To combat this, it’s important to understanding the intricacies of your state laws, and complete your reports clearly, accurately and with pertinent details.