If you have been arrested for DUI in Tampa Bay, one of the most important steps that you should take first is to obtain a copy of the police report. The police report will be an invaluable tool for your criminal defense attorney to get the best outcome for your case.
Our DUI attorneys discuss what is included in a DUI police report and defense strategies using it to defend your case…
Most DUI Police Reports Include:
- A checklist for the field sobriety test
- A printout of the Preliminary Alcohol Screen ( PAS) test
- A printout of the breathalyzer test if you took one
- A lab report showing the blood or urine test that you may have submitted
- A narrative of the events from the arresting officer’s perspective (If there were two officers present, they may both write a narrative of events.)
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In the narrative written by the arresting officer, they will describe in detail why they pulled you over.
Were you speeding or driving erratically?
Did you run a red light?
Driving the wrong way down the street?
They will then describe in detail how they asked for your license and will note if you smelled of alcohol, or if you had a glazed look in your eyes or any slurred speech. They will also include any other pertinent details such as your appearance, any mannerisms you displayed, and if you failed the horizontal gaze nystagmus test or the heel-to-toe walking test.
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How the Police Report Can Help Your Defense
Depending on how you recall the arrest, you might be shocked to see how the officer describes things. You might even disagree with a number of the statements that the officer made. This is why having a copy of the police report is key to defending your DUI case.
It will show your DUI defense attorney exactly what the police will say in court. After all, the officers won’t stray from the order of events stated in their report, which gives your defense lawyer a basis on which to build your case.
As part of your defense, one strategy may be to attempt to discredit the officer’s statements found in the police report by:
- Providing doubt about the validity of field sobriety tests
- Providing doubt about the accuracy of Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) tests
- Providing eyewitnesses that can help discredit the officer’s statements
- Providing YOUR testimony that might contradict the police report
While it might seem hopeless and you may believe that the police have an airtight case against you, this might not be true. There are many reasons why legally sober individuals might fail their sobriety tests or BAC tests.
A 64-year-old woman was arrested and stopped by officers because she was slurring her speech and acting erratically. They claimed they smelled alcohol on her breath and immediately arrested her and charged her with a DUI. While she failed all “routine” sobriety tests, medical reports showed that she was actually suffering from a stroke at the time of the arrest.
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At Stechschulte Nell, our top-rated DUI defense attorneys know that even first-time DUI offenders need help combating these serious charges. Police reports generally aren’t considered evidence themselves, but they can be used to help your case.
There may be ways to reduce your charges and potential penalties; we are on your side. Call 813-280-1244 for a confidential case review.