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Illegal traffic stop exposed: How I saved my client from a DUI

In this video, we’ll expose an illegal traffic stop that took place. This stop exposed the illegal behavior of an officer and ultimately led to a DUI charge for our client being dropped.

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Speaker 1
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Hi, everyone. Sometimes I get asked,’What can you really do to help me
with my DUI case? This is Christina Williams with Just Criminal Law.
Speaker 2
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And this is David Mann, legal storytelling specialist.
All right. So tell us, what can you do to help?
Speaker 1
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Well, we just had a case last week where we had a client
who came into the office. He had a DUI charge.
It was the second one that he’s had in the past ten years.
So he was looking at having to do mandatory jail time
and losing his job if he was convicted because his employer wouldn’t
be able to insure him. So he hired our office.
Speaker 2
00;00;42;26 – 00;00;43;19
Wow. Okay. So that sounds like something you probably see quite often.
And was there anything about this case that was different or peculiar?
Speaker 1
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Well, the way we handled it was the exact same way that we handle
all of our DUI cases. And that is we look at the evidence
from the beginning to the end, start with the report,
read the report, and then we compare the report
with what’s been given to us in the form of like a body camera or a dash camera.
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And so while we were reviewing this case, we noticed that the officer
had indicated that he pulled the client over for
not using his turn signal in the report.
And then we watched the video. And as we’re watching the video,
we noticed that the officer in fact, looks away to observe something to the right of him.
But his his body camera, which is attached to his glasses,
captures both. Our client, in fact, used his turn signal
to get into the other lane. And after he was in the other lane,
the officer looked back his way.
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And so we he walked up to the window of the car of the client and said,
“Do you know why I pulled you over?” And the client said, “No.”
And he said, “Well, you didn’t use your turn signal.”
Well, the client didn’t remember whether or not he used his turn signal or not.
But the body camera footage clearly showed that he did.
Speaker 2
00;02;19;24 – 00;02;20;24
Wow. So this neither one of them really knew that had happened.
And so the client, your client, comes in thinking,
“Okay, well, I was legally pulled over,”
but you found out that actually he wasn’t legally pulled over.
Is that what you’re saying?
Speaker 1
00;02;38;00 – 00;02;38;16
Right. And so the next step that we do is we file a motion to suppress
based on an illegal stop. That is, the officer has to have a reason.
You have to violate the law before he pulls you over.
And in this particular case, the officer thought
the client didn’t use his car signal.
So that would have been the violation of law.
But in fact, the client did.
So there was no reason that justified him
stopping the client and therefore the stop was illegal.
Speaker 2
00;03;08;02 – 00;03;13;02
So this man, instead of having a DUI
and having employment problems and everything
that goes along with having a DUI has no conviction
and the whole thing is thrown out because you found, you know,
something about the case that allowed that to happen.
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I mean, that made the case go away, right?
Speaker 1
00;03;31;02 – 00;03;31;18
Right. And, you know, we can routinely find these issues with DUI.
So when somebody says, you know,”What can you do to help me with my DUI?”
As they sit across from me at the table, you know, and are deciding
whether or not to hire our office, I can’t tell them for certain,
but I can tell them that if there is a legal issue, we will find it.
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And, you know, that could save the day for the client.
Speaker 2
00;03;57;15 – 00;03;57;25
Yeah,I mean, this is a really good example
of the kind of thing that, without the body cam, and without you
and your office’s expertise and knowing what to look for
in a body cam or the all the cameras, this could easily have been missed.
I mean, that’s is a great example of of what your office does.
Speaker 1
00;04;16;08 – 00;04;17;06
Absolutely. And, you know, there’s many more stories
that go right along with this one. When you when you’re looking at a DUI,
you know, there’s probably 50 different things that can go wrong
with the investigation. So it’s really important
to find an attorney that’s going to dig in and go through your case
with a fine tooth comb. And that could be just criminal law.
Speaker 2
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So how do they get in touch with you?
Speaker 1
00;04;39;11 – 00;04;41;03
We’ll include a link in the description
where they can call, text or chat with a member of my team
any time, day or night. Here at Just Criminal Law.
we know you only get one shot at Justice. So make your case count.

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