A North Carolina district attorney has dismissed 71 traffic-related offenses and 104 DWI cases after it was uncovered that a sheriff’s deputy lied in court. The officer, Deputy Robert Davis, was found to have lied in at least three cases, prompting Judge Jacqueline Brewer to disqualify the DWI Task Force Member and 18-year veteran as a witness. In one of the cases, a woman the officer arrested in 2014 claimed that Davis refused to allow her to make a phone call or take a breath test. Davis was eventually terminated from the police department.
How An Officer’s Mistake Can Affect Your Case
This is just one example of the many things that could go wrong in a DWI case and why it is extremely important to work with an experienced DWI attorney. Law enforcement officers are required to abide by a strict set of standards when it comes to making a DWI arrest. When they don’t abide by standards, there legally can be no case made against a driver because these mistakes compromise a person’s right to due process and fair handling of their case.
Part of an attorney’s job to protect drivers by thoroughly analyzing their case and looking for any evidence that an officer made an arrest without following protocol. For example, if a DWI officer stops a driver and arrests them without probable cause, or if they engage in an illegal search of a vehicle, this can be enough evidence to obtain a dismissal of a case. Other mistakes that an officer may make include neglecting to read a driver their Miranda rights before arresting them or, as above, failing to offer a driver a breath test using functional equipment. These could also be considered grounds for a dismissal.
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A DWI conviction can haunt you for several years into the future. If you have been arrested and accused of DWI, it is urgent that you contact a DWI lawyer as soon as possible after you have been taken into custody. We are fully prepared to look into the details of your case and mount a strong legal defense on your behalf. With your driving privileges, freedom, and finances on the line, it is important to work with someone who knows how to protect your rights and potentially have your charges reduced or dismissed. We have handled thousands of criminal cases since our firm’s inception more than 25 years ago, so you can be confident that we have what it takes to work towards a positive outcome in your case.