At your initial interview, your attorney will assess whether you should take the stand as a witness. One of the most important factors the attorney will evaluate is how well you remember the events of the day that you were charged with DWI. Individuals who are facing DWI charges fall into one of the following three categories:
Complete Memory Loss
Some individuals “black out” and cannot remember any details regarding the incident. Not remembering the event for this reason does not make a good witness.
Partial Memory Loss
While defendants in the second category have some recollection of the incident, their memories may be incomplete or fade in and out. However, a Grapevine DWI lawyer may be concerned about the risk of having such a defendant testify because his or her memory may be considered unreliable.
Full Memory Of The Incident
Defendants who fit into the third category have complete memories of the events that took place during the incident. This kind of defendant is an excellent witness candidate for a trial. An individual who remembers the incident, including the details, may demonstrate to the judge and jury that he or she was not intoxicated at the time the incident occurred.
How A Defendant May Be Perceived By A Jury
There are two more factors that an attorney will evaluate when deciding whether a defendant should testify. One is whether the defendant will project a positive impression to the jury. The other is whether a defendant will be able to handle the demands of testifying. For example, a defendant will need to be able to handle a tough cross-examination from the prosecutor.
Legal Counsel From A Grapevine DWI Attorney
If you have questions regarding DWI charges in Grapevine, Texas, please call the Law Office of Bryan P. Hoeller at 877-208-3382.