Stop playing games with the ALS hearing process. The DUI world is very small. The officers that you screw around with today will be the same officer that you are truly asking for a favor from tomorrow. Treat them with respect – whether you think highly of them or not. Below are some of what I believe that DUI defense lawyers really need to be cognizant of at the ALS hearing:
- Be honest with officers. If you lie about something and the officer cares about the case, the officer will inevitably find out.
- Be kind. I guess that this one appearance at this ALS hearing could be your last, but more than likely, you will be back again and you'll probably even have a case with that same officer again very soon. So, you don't have to be a know-it-all douchebag right out of the gate. Take it easy and be a regular person. Be nice even if that is completely out of character for you.
- Be respectful. If you can't be nice because you've become so emotionally entrenched or you're just naturally an jerk (it happens), be respectful. When you don't have anything nice to say, keep that mouth shut.
- If you need a continuance, learn to ask for it. Don't be deceptive about your schedule or where you are. A lot of the officers that you see at ALS hearings are primarily DUI officers. They work at night. They are there during their off hours. They have families like we do. Don't jerk them around about your unavailability. If lying about where you are and what you are doing doesn't hurt you in the short-run, it will in the long-run.
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