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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