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March 2009 , Page 52 

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By Steve Oberman, Sara Compher-Rice

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Investigating the DUI Case: Things to Do, Places to Go, People to See

Many general criminal defense practitioners are under the mistaken belief that a DUI case is a simple matter, akin to a traffic citation. In reality, Driving Under the Influence cases involve complex issues that require thorough investigation and preparation.

DUI is one of the few crimes where a person may be convicted solely upon the opinion of others. Therefore, it is the duty of defense attorneys to investigate every corner, look under every rock, and do everything within their power to impeach the bases of each prosecuting witness’s opinion. It is difficult, if not impossible, to win without a thorough investigation. While far from complete, the recommendations outlined below are intended to provide defense counsel with the foundation for both the legal and factual investigation of a DUI case.

Prepare for the Investigation Before You Get the Call

A criminal defense attorney must educate herself on the intricacies of

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