24Jan 2018

Memory And Your Case

Everyone remembers things differently. Scientists call this the "Rashomon Effect," after the Japanese film which shows four people recounting a murder four different ways. Each of remembers events in specifically his or her own way. In fact, if we are not sure of something, our minds will convince us, over time, that what we are not sure of is actually the case. This is a reason why witness testimony is famously unreliable.

One of the main reasons many attorneys do not put their clients on the stand in their own defense is that your own memory can lapse, and a prosecuting attorney is sure to latch on to that lapse and use it against you. On the other hand, an officer's testimony is just as likely to contain lapses of memory, which your attorney should certainly use to create doubt as to your guilt. 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.