Defending operating while intoxicated cases are often a world unto themselves. Police agencies, fueled by special government funding drummed up by anecdotal evidence and the lobbying efforts of special interest groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving, have one goal in mind: to bust impaired drivers. As a result, police and prosecutors regularly receive special training on how to investigate and prosecute these cases. Jacob Rigney knows this first hand, because he is a former prosecutor who received that training himself. In 2004, he was flown to South Carolina to participate in impaired driving training, paid for in full by the federal government. Thanks to the special interest lobby, there’s big money and fancy trips available for jurisdictions that aggressively prosecute these types of cases.
In short, the police are out there non-stop, they’re looking for drunk drivers non-stop, and they’ve been trained specifically on how to investigate the case without running afoul of the federal and Indiana constitutions. If you don’t engage a competent criminal defense attorney of your own to represent you, you will be at a serious disadvantage in a trial, and in negotiation as well.
For example, If your attorney can’t explain the horizontal gaze nystagmus test to you, how are they going to explain it to a jury? If your attorney can’t describe the clues the police look for during the 9 step walk and turn, how will they effectively cross-examine a police officer about it at the trial? If your attorney doesn’t know how divided attention tests work, how will they fight the prosecutors narrative that you failed them? If your attorney can’t explain implied consent to you, how are they going to fight an alleged refusal in Court? If your attorney doesn’t know the procedure for conducted a certified breath test, how will he or she know what to look for when the prosecutor is trying to get one into evidence at your trial? Do you need specialized driving privileges? If your attorney doesn’t know how and where to apply for them, how will you drive legally?
Enter Rigney Law: two attorneys dedicated to the thoughtful and honest review of your case and the defense of your Constitutional rights. At Rigney Law, you’ll have unparalleled access to your attorney, and their honest opinion, good or bad, of your options. Every case is different, and criminal law cases have no guarantees. We have the experience and will put in the effort to bring the case to a conclusion with which you are comfortable.
When it comes to investigating DUI cases, the police have all the advantages. They can pull you over for any traffic violation, and it’s nearly impossible to prove you didn’t commit some kind of infraction. They are trained to spot behavior consistent with alcohol consumption and can rely on things as subjective as odor and speech patterns to justify continuing the investigation. They are trained to test your physiological responses. They are trained on how to write probable cause affidavits that Judges will accept. They have equipment that will test your breath and blood for alcohol. They are trained on when to seek a warrant and when not to. They will try to talk you into taking tests you can’t pass, sober or otherwise. They are trained on how to get a warrant. And they can get your license suspended if you don’t cooperate.
And you have: your wits, if you have any. If you’ve been charged with driving under the influence, you are the underdog. Improve your odds, or give yourself a shot. Hire a lawyer with experience and the ability to explain your situation to you, and possibly a judge or jury. Hire an attorney at Rigney Law.