Forsyth County DUI: The Cop Was a "Jerk," Will That Help Me?

Posted by William H. Sherman on Jul 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Question:  I got pulled over in Forsyth County and the cop was a jerk.  I thought he was unprofessional and mean.

The cop said I was going 48 miles per hour above the speed limit.  I was speeding in my Corvette but I don't think I was going that fast.  I took the field sobriety tests he gave me and I fell a couple of times.  But I have a bad back.  I took a breath test and it was .172.

I was at a craft beer tasting with some friends at a house on Lake Lanier and I did have a little too much to drink but I didn't feel like I was that drunk.  I told the officer that I had been drinking but that I had not had a drink in at least 3 hours.

But the deputy sheriff was pretty rude.  He didn't answer any of my questions and he put the handcuffs on too tight.  I still have marks from the handcuffs.  And he had an attitude.  I need to know if his poor treatment of me will help my case?  Will the prosecutor in Forsyth throw out the charges because I live in Cumming and I'm a taxpayer?

Answer:  If there was a video of the incident, a Forsyth County DUI attorney should examine it closely.  If the Forsyth County Deputy Sheriff's words were such that a jury would find his statements unacceptable from a law enforcement officer, then the video could play a role in your defense.

Juries, in Forsyth or elsewhere, do not like to see a cooperative defendant being abused either physically or verbally.  You don't indicate what the deputy said.  Were his statements, for instance, racist or sexist?  Or were they simply the words of a short-tempered police officer dealing with a possibly intoxicated suspect?  The context of the officer's statements are important, particularly when a jury finds out that you were over twice the legal limit for blood-alcohol concentration and that you fell performing the field sobriety tests.

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