While most California DUI cases resolve before trial, some proceed to a jury trial (as opposed to a court, judge, or “bench” trial). And because DUI trials are among the most common types of California misdemeanor trials, there are definitely some routine practices that you can expect to see.
1. What are some routine practices in a California DUI trial?
Examples of some of the “routines” that occur with great frequency in drunk driving California jury trials include:
officer testimony about how the defendant “failed” all of his/her field sobriety tests,
officer testimony about how the defendant displayed the “objective signs and symptoms of impairment,”
expert witness testimony that no one can safely drive above California’s legal limit, and
A former Los Angeles prosecutor, attorney Neil Shouse graduated with honors from UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School (and completed additional graduate studies at MIT). He has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, Dr Phil, The Today Show and Court TV. Mr Shouse has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Criminal and Top 100 Civil Attorneys.