Erie DUI Defense Lawyer – See for Yourself What DUI Looks Like (According to Police)
December 12, 2010 | Posted in DUI
by Tim George
Erie DUI Attorney & Criminal Defense Lawyer
They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. When it come to defending allegations of DUI in Erie and throughout northwest Pennsylvania, video might be worth a million words. This is because a mobile video recorder (MVR) on the dash of a police cruiser reveals exactly what the police saw that caused them to stop a motorist on suspicion of DUI. The careful review of such evidence by an experienced Erie DUI lawyer is essential when evaluating defenses to DUI. An aggressive DUI lawyer just might be able to win your case with such a video.
You have to see it to believe it. This video, obtained during discovery in a real DUI case, shows a motorist being followed for more than four miles in Fairview Township and Girard Township in northwest Pennsylvania before being stopped by police. The video begins with the police cruiser on a side road for a few minutes. You will see the headlights of an oncoming car, which prompt the officer to do a U-turn and then follow the car. You can advance the video to 2:33:25 AM to “cut to the chase scene.” This is where you see the oncoming headlights of the “suspect.” You decide whether the stop occurs because of bad driving or due to the time of day. (What the suppression court concluded will be the subject of another post.)
Tim George defends allegations of DUI, reckless driving, careless driving, accidents involving injury or property damage, and other serious charges like homicide by motor vehicle, manslaughter, aggravated assault, simple assault, retail theft, burglary, robbery, and sexual assault. He appears in Magisterial District Courts (often called District Justice offices) throughout northwestern Pennsylvania, including Erie, Millcreek, Fairview, Girard, Albion, Springfield, Platea, McKean, Edinboro, Lawrence Park, Wesleyville, Harborcreek, North East, Corry, Meadville, Sandy Lake, Conneaut Lake, Franklin, Oil City, and Warren. He has also defended people in the Court of Common Pleas of Erie County, Crawford County, Warren County, Venango County, Mercer County, Clarion County, and Jefferson County. He has argued cases on appeal before the Commonwealth Court, Superior Court, and Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.