There are all kinds of combinations you come up against down in the different layers of law court. I’m trying to learn how to work every one. It’s about respect. Getting it for yourself, and taking it away from the other guy. Lawyering is an unnatural act. Everything in lawyering is backwards. Sometimes the best way to deliver a punch is: step back. But, step back too far, you aren’t fighting at all.
He has littler DUI experience than he says. In trial the prosecutor asks “How many DUI arrests have you done?” You always hear some enormous number like 50 or hundreds. There’s a report that will clear all of that up. You can even get it for the whole time an officer has been on the force. It can be big. The report is the Dispatch Officer Log. It is a log of an officer’s activity during a certain time period. I get it.
It’s a numbers game. The police have Quotas. They call them “performance objectives.” As a supervisor, when you send out 10 cops for 12 hour shifts, they better come back with results. If 15 officers go out and come back with only three DUI citations, someone will have some explaining to do. Quota’s are an officer’s lifeline. I leave this one alone. I just want you to know it exists.
They don’t want to be called out on having their “Implied Consent Card” or Miranda Cards. In court the prosecutor brings a generic Implied Consent card. I take it and inspect it for his signature. Each officer is supposed to have his own initials on his own card. Otherwise, he is wrong.
They don’t want you to know that they don’t know how to give the field sobriety tests. If you see a report where there are two cops involved. One stopped you and one gave the field sobriety tests. It’s a clue that the stopping cop doesn’t know how to give the tests. One remedy to this is with a Motion to Depose Arresting Officer.
They don’t give Miranda rights before questioning you. I lock them down by filing a good Motion for Discovery and Cross-examining them at the Preliminary Hearing.
Cops lie about where they were or what they did. They leave out important parts of a call. For example, an officer with radar is required to test and call dispatch to confirm. If he stops you and didn’t “test” and “call,” you are off the hook. I read the police report and it is all pretty and good for the cop. I’m looking for a time line. But, there is none in the report. Or maybe it says a thing happened at a certain time. Somehow I know it doesn’t add up. I find out what really happened and when by requesting the CAD Records, which is the 911 Report.
The report card is Peace Officer Standards and Training Records (POST) records. This has all of their infractions, schools, positive and negative reports, including times when they lied under oath or falsified documents or reports. You’re in court when the officer lies about something to finish the lie he began in the report. For example, he says he actually read Implied Consent rights from the orange card. But he never did. Sometimes you’ll be shocked when you get his POST records. So, I get them.
The Nextel radio is how police work gets done. The police report shows that the cop barely used 911 Dispatch. There are lies about how other officers arrived on the scene, what equipment an officer forgot; or how other unexplainable things happened. Let’s say you’ve got the 911 CAD Records, and the police report and things don’t add up. Well, most agencies Officers and Supervisors carry Nextel’s. This radio is the key to how police work gets done. I subpoena an Officer’s Nextel Records.