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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.

Client Reviews
“Mr. Pabla represented me with my DUI case. He has excellent communication skills and always kept me informed. Mr. Pabla made sure I understood the process and my rights. He eased my mind through a very stressful situation. I highly recommend Mr. Pabla.” Gurpreet
“I am so happy with the service that I received from Param S. Pabla. Jarrett did a great job solving my legal issue and I can’t recommend him enough! He was able to do everything quickly, painlessly, and was ALWAYS available to talk when I needed him. If I ever need help again, I will definitely use him!" Boris
“Param was excellent in my court case of failure to stop at a stop sign. The officer could not see clearly because he was too far away. The officer insisted he could and said he had video but could not produce it at the trial. The officer then asked if he could suspend the trial to go get the video but the judge said he should have had plenty of time to get the video ready beforehand. Needless to say, the judge ruled in my favor and dismissed the case which enraged the officer. Pabla Param’s defense and cross examination skills were excellent and paramount in having the case dismissed. Highly recommended.” T.C.
“My husband and I needed to update everything -family trust, will, medical stuff. Param was really patient -answering all my questions -even when I asked them twice. He wanted to be sure I understood everything we were doing. All docs were sent to us so we could go through them on our own time before anything was finalized. I also liked when we were looking at medical stuff that he had a conversation with me about what I wanted and pointed out some things I didn’t think of.” Debbie