A Former Prosecutor Defending Clients in Wyoming and South Dakota
The presumption of innocence is a cornerstone of the American legal system. And in most criminal cases, it is properly applied. Unfortunately for people accused of Driving While Under the Influence (DWUI) in Wyoming, it may seem that the presumption of innocence has fallen by the wayside. Instead, you may feel that you must prove that you were not drunk, rather than the other way around. That's why, if you're facing criminal charges, Wyoming DWUI lawyer Christina L. Williams will work hard to make sure the jury presumes you're innocent, and affords you other protections guaranteed under the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
To illustrate the bias many jurors have, consider what many of us think when we are driving our cars and see the police stop someone on the side of the road.
We don’t think to ourselves: “I wonder if she did anything wrong.”
Instead we think: “I wonder what he did.”
At Just Criminal Law, when my team of DWUI defense professionals goes to trial, which we do on a regular basis, we push the jury to apply this principle of innocent until proven guilty; we ask the jury to hold the State of Wyoming to its burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt; and we implore the jury to adhere to the other protections afforded to the accused by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, including the right to remain silent and the right to confront your accuser.
But at the end of the day, whether you’re guilty or innocent, we’re here to advocate for you and protect your rights - because no one else will.
If this was your first offense, maybe you’re inclined to just go with the flow, save your money, take the punishment, and get on with your life.
Or, like many people, you might believe that there’s no use in fighting a DWUI charge because a conviction is inevitable.
But here at Just Criminal Law, we’re here to tell you that the presumption of innocence still applies. And, in fact, that the State of Wyoming has a higher burden of proof that you might imagine.
Of course, a DWUI conviction comes with stiff penalties, including hefty fines, loss of driving privileges, the expense and hassle of an Ignition Interlock Device (IID), and possible jail time.
But maybe you don’t think you were impaired.
Maybe you believe that the officer did not behave professionally, or failed to properly administer the Field Sobriety Tests (FSTs).
Or perhaps the description of your behavior in the police report seems exaggerated.
You might think that the police officer did not have “probable cause” to stop you and investigate.
Or maybe you were weaving, but did not cross the marked lines.
Maybe you ingested a substance that interfered with the Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) test results.
Or perhaps you suffer from a medical condition that made you appear to be under the influence of alcohol and it was this medical condition, not your alleged intoxication that caused you to have difficulty with the FSTs.
Maybe the police officer failed to properly administer the Breathalyzer or failed to follow the manufacturer’s protocols and instructions.
Maybe videos from the police station contradict the police officer’s account of your behavior, and show you speaking clearly, alert, and apparently sober.
There are any number of ways to challenge a DWUI charge. But it's important that you act quickly.
At Just Criminal Law, my team of DWUI defense professionals will work hard to protect your rights and your one shot at justice. We’ll see to it that the jury applies the presumption of innocence. We’ll make the prosecution prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. And we’ll protect the rights afforded to you under the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this article is offered for educational purposes only. This information is not offered as legal advice. A person accused of a crime should always consult with an attorney before making decisions that have legal consequences.