DWI Expert Witness
Driving while intoxicated (DWI) is a serious crime. Contacting an experienced DWI defense attorney is one of the most important things you can do after you’ve been charged with drunk driving. A skilled attorney will review the facts of your case to determine whether or not you were treated fairly during your traffic stop and arrest. Your attorney may also decide to use a DWI expert witness in order to help your case.
A DWI expert witness can be used to testify about the scientific parts of your case, such as the chemical tests or field sobriety tests. In cases where an accident led to a drunk-driving arrest, an accident reconstruction expert may also be used.
Because it is so scientific, chemical testing is one of the trickiest parts of a DWI case. A chemical testing expert can review the results of your breath, blood, or urine test to determine if the results were accurate or inflated due to a number of factors. If there is a problem with your test results, the chemical testing expert can explain the issues in language that the jury can understand, thus helping your case.
Field sobriety tests are not scientific, but are used by police officers to determine whether a DWI arrest can be made. A field sobriety test expert can be called to testify on your behalf. If the results of your field sobriety test were good, the expert can argue that you were not under the influence of alcohol when you were driving. If you performed poorly on the physical portion of the test, but not the cognitive portion, the expert can explain that alcohol affects your brain before your body, meaning that your physical impairment was caused by something other than alcohol consumption.
The penalties for DWI cases that involve accidents are typically harsher than for a DWI case with no extenuating circumstances. If you were involved in an accident before you were arrested for drunk-driving, an accident reconstruction expert may be able to help. This expert reviews the evidence surrounding the case, such as skid marks, weather conditions, and witness statements, to reconstruct what led to the accident. The expert will then testify whether it was the drunk driver or another driver who was at fault, or if the accident was unavoidable.
To discuss whether a DWI expert witness would be an asset to your case, contact an experienced DWI lawyer today.