28Jan 2019

A Witness Not Appearing Does Not Guarantee Acquittal

It is a generally accepted principle that if you get a speeding ticket, 
or other traffic violation, and the officer that issued the citation 
doesn't appear for the hearing, you will likely have the violation 
dismissed. However, the situation is not the same when you are facing 
more serious, criminal charges.

Prosecutors generally build cases on more than one piece of crucial evidence. For instance, in a trial over DUI, there will be blood alcohol readings, field sobriety tests, potential witnesses of other passengers 
in the car, hospital staff, etc. The fact that one of these players may 
not show up for the trial does not change the fact that the prosecution 
most likely has much additional evidence and witnesses that they can 
produce. So if a witness doesn't show up, it is not a foregone 
conclusion that you will be acquitted of the charges against you.

This is why you need a legal team that knows how to defend your rights 
on multiple fronts. If you live in Burlington, Essex, Colchester, 
Winooski, Williston, Shelburne or anywhere in the State of Vermont, and 
have been arrested or charged with DUI or any crime, call Handy Law for 
aggressive and experienced legal defense.