Never Assume Guilt

Posted by Richard Lawson | Jun 29, 2012 | 0 Comments

This topic may seem self-evident, but many lawyers take a superficial look at the client's case and assume they are guilty. It colors their advice (and even their emotions) against the client. Some attorneys do not see potential legal and factual defenses readily available. That's why you need an attorney devoted to keeping you out of jail.

A perfect example of where an attorney can go wrong is with their client's breath test slip. Most attorneys don't even bother to look at the actual intox 5000 slip. They assume what is written on the ticket is correct and don't even look at the actual breath test. I have prevented multiple mischarges of justice just by looking at the initial evidence.

Just yesterday I was retained by a client whose breath test was outside of parameters. The test was 100% inadmissible in court just by first glace alone. Yet, most lawyers would not have even looked at it. They would see the breath test reading written on the ticket and assume its accuracy.

Another example is with prescription drug cases. Most attorneys look at a crime lab report and see the substances and again assume their own client's guilty. However, every medication has a therapeutic level and an abuse level. These blood levels are published and easily obtained. If there is any question and expert can be called to interpret the levels.

Do not assume the guilt of the suspected driver should never be assumed when prescription drugs are found in their system. It is important to understand how those drugs affect the driver's ability to drive safely. Also don't fall into the trap where you assume that multiple medications cause a multiplication of impairment. That is a false assumption not based on basic chemistry.

On an expert such as a medical doctor or pharmacist can discuss what medications react with other medications. Yet, many lawyers see a long list of drugs on a crime lab report and assume a multiplying affect without any medical basis. At our office, we assume our clients are not guilty unless there is sufficient evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. If you have a difficult case pending, call our Atlanta DUI defens attorney. You must have your case fully investigated by lawyers, former police officers, and medical professionals.

About the Author

Richard Lawson

Richard S. Lawson is passionate about intoxicated driving defense. Unlike some attorneys, Mr. Lawson devotes 100% of his legal practice to helping people stand up for their rights against DUI charges. For more than 20 years, Mr. Lawson has dutifully fought for his clients' freedom, resolving more 4,900 impaired driving cases during the course of his career. Today, Mr. Lawson has developed a reputation as a skilled negotiator and continues to help clients by fighting to keep them out of jail.


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