You May Be the Most Important Witness for Your DUI Case
One thing your Sacramento DUI attorney must decide during your initial consultation is whether or not you should testify in your own DUI trial. Your testimony is invaluable to the proceedings because you are the only one to experience the circumstances surrounding your arrest first-hand.
A big factor in determining your ability to be a witness may be how well you remember the events surrounding your arrest. If you have little to no memory of the events surrounding your arrest (as in, you blacked out) it is probably not a good idea for you to testify. If you have substantial gaps in your memory of the events, those gaps could be very damaging to your case if you are cross-examined about them.
However, if you have detailed memory of the events surrounding your arrest, you can provide very strong testimony. Every detail you provide can provide can help your attorney construct your defense. A good memory of the events can also help show that you were not intoxicated at the time.
Your DUI lawyer must also evaluate how likely you are to appeal personally to the jurors. If you are charismatic and have a demeanor that jurors are likely to find persuasive, it would make your testimony all that more effective. However, if you are not personable, it might be a good idea for you to avoid testifying.
Whether or not you testify for your case, you need a good DUI lawyer to guide you through the process. Call Sacramento DUI attorney Param Pabla for a consultation.