Why are DUI videos important during Bull Valley DUI arrests. Recently, local police cars have been equipped with video equipment. Principally, this equipment is to protect the officer from lawsuits, allow supervisors to critique traffic stops, and to provide evidence for trials, such as DUI trials.
These in car videos have also led to some local municipal police officers losing their jobs because of unprofessional conduct. The Village of Bull Valley collects a $500 equipment fees specifically to install and maintain these devices in their cars. As an attorney, when you are doing a jury trial, you always want to point out that a municipality is collecting $500 per DUI specifically so that they can make videos of their stops, that way if they don’t have the video you can suggest that there may be other reasons that they are collecting the money. Therefore those videos should be collected and analyzed.
Also, municipalities such as Bull Valley, Illinois which wrote 5 DUI charges a couple of years ago, but wrote 85 charges last year, are more likely to have problems with their DUI processing protocols (and that is something you want to keep a look out for).
I have found that these videos can be very helpful to drivers charged with DUIs. Specifically, the video can show that field sobriety testing was done improperly, and that officers conduct during the stop was distracting to the drivers. Careful review of those videos can turn what appears to be a certain GUILTY finding by the jury, into a NOT GUILTY FINDING.
I would urge that if you are arrested by police departments in the McHenry County area, that you insist that your attorney carefully review these videos, they can figuratively be a treasure trove of information for a DUI case.
Law Dude, Ray Flavin, represents drivers that have been charged with DUI in Bull Valley and McHenry County Illinois. His law offices are located across the street from the McHenry County Courthouse in Woodstock, IL.