Trick Questions in New Jersey DWI Court:
Bloodshot Eyes and Rehearsal With Your Lawyer
The prosecutor in your DWI case will probably ask you questions designed to get you to admit fault, be inconsistent, or otherwise look bad in front of the judge. You and your New Jersey drunk driving attorney should prepare for these tactics in order to ensure that you are not unfairly made to seem unreliable and thus hurt your chances in your case.
One trick question you may be asked deals with the preparatory work you did with your New Jersey DWI lawyer. The prosecutor might ask whether or not you had rehearsed your testimony and if, as part of that process, you had been asked the same question. There is nothing illegal, immoral, or otherwise wrong with the fact that your attorney has prepared you to testify. In fact, preparing you to testify a very important and essential part of your lawyer’s job.
Certain prosecutors might go further with the question and ask if your attorney told you what to say. Though this inquiry infringes on attorney-client privilege and may be objected to, the objection could be overruled or your lawyer might want you to respond. An honest and appropriate way to answer the question would be to state that you have discussed what would happen in court with your New Jersey DWI attorney and that the primary instruction to you was to be truthful.
Another trick question that the prosecutor might try to use is asking whether or not a certain behavior or appearance the officer allegedly observed is consistent with intoxication. The best way to deal with such questions is to admit that you were drinking but also to strongly state that you were not under the influence of alcohol when you were driving. Follow up the statement by saying that you know what “under the influence” means and explain its legal definition to show that you do. This will establish some believability and credibility for you.
A drunk driving charge is serious and has far-reaching consequences. Contact New Jersey DWI lawyer Dan Matrafajlo for a consultation on your case.
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