Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Minnesota DWI - Videos (Explained)
If I told you that you were under arrest for a Minnesota DWI - and that the whole encounter with law enforcement was captured on video - what would you say?
My guess is that most people hearing that news would be pretty anxious or nervous about what was recorded - right? Well, whenever I learn that there's a video of an arrest, I get kind of pumped.
Why I Love Drunk Driving Videos
In most Minnesota communities, police squad cars are being outfitted with the latest video recording equipment. (Heck, in one city, officers own bodies are being used to carry such devices.) And believe it or not, video is great for a number of reasons - not the least of which is that it doesn't have the biased view that law enforcement often carrys with them into almost any arrest situations. Video cameras can't smell alcohol, they aren't congratulated on their number of Drunk Driving arrests they make and they don't have quotas for stops of vehicles and DWI investigations. They simply record what happens, as it happens.
Guess Who Hates Drunk Driving Videos.
If you might be anxious about how you'd appear on an arrest video - can you imagine how the officer feels? If my past experience - working with law enforcement - as a prosecutor is any indication, they absolutely hate it. They're number one complaint - that videos don't catch the little "nuances" of what they see.
Now, I never quite understood this argument because in my humble opinion the video is often as clear as day when it comes to showing someone doing or not doing something - such as: crossing a line, stumbling, or slurring their speech.
In theory, video was supposed to make the work of the DA easier and the work of a Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney harder. But it usually works in the other way.
I love having video evidence - it shows me what the police reports never do: What actually happened.
What Should You Do?
If you are charged with Drunk Driving, don't wait to get help. Call the Rolloff Law Office today - (612) 234-1165. We are ready to serve as your Minnesota DWI Attorney, and we'll do whatever we can to get the resolution you want. Call