Giving strong and accurate testimony during your DUI case can be more complicated than it sounds; you may be asked multi-part questions that confuse you, or be simply too caught off guard to deliver the confident, truthful responses that characterize effective testimony. If you decide to testify at your DUI trial anyway, your Memphis DUI attorney can prepare you for the types of questions you will likely be asked.
One common line of questioning for a defendant in a DUI trial examines the defendant’s choice to testify. Your Memphis DUI attorney may ask the following general questions:
Why did you choose to testify?
Q: After I have questioned you, the prosecuting attorney will also ask you questions. This process will be a bit more straining as the lawyer does not know you as well as I do, but please try to answer the questions to the best of your ability.
Q: We actually sent a request to the prosecution to let them know you wanted to speak with him.
Q: They never called you back?
Q: They showed no interest in listening to what you had to say?
Q: Did the arresting officer stop and listen to your side of the story?
Q: Did he actively listen and engage in conversation, or did he just follow a script?
Q: Did the arresting officer ask you all the questions that were mentioned during the trial?
Q: You have decided on your own to speak to the jury even though the judge told you it was not necessary.
Q: How important is it to you for the jury to hear your side of the story from your own mouth?
Alternatively, your Memphis DUI attorney may ask you questions relating to your level of stress at the time of your arrest. This is an opportunity to provide context and justification for any unusual behavior or speech that may have resulted from your high stress level, as opposed to intoxication. This line of questioning may proceed as follows:
How stressed you were the day of the DUI arrest?
Q: Let’s go over the details of the day the DUI happened.
Q Did you have work that day?
Q: How long have you worked at your current company?
Q: What type of work do you do there?
Q: Seems like your job places a lot of duties in your hands.
Q: This company must place a lot of trust with you.
Q: They must find you to be a responsible person.
Q: Do you manage other people at work?
Q: Do you supervise a large group of people?
Q: Did anything happen at work that day that was out of the ordinary, or that added extra stress? (Explaining the day you had at work and the stress levels involved will help the jury see you as a relatable human.)
Q: Was this an important project?
Q: Were you working overtime?
Q: What time did you arrive at work that day?
Q: What time did you go home?
This type of questioning can show the jury what your day was like on the day of the incident. The same general approach can also be applied if you spent the day at home.
Preparation is key to building a strong DUI case. Memphis DUI attorney Dave Willis is ready to assist with any questions and concerns. Give him a call today at (901) DUI-DAVE