If the prosecution can prove that you are guilty of reckless driving, then you will be convicted and sentenced for the crime. It is the prosecution’s job to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. In most cases, this requires the testimony of the police officer who arrested you.
Cross-Examining a Police Officer May Be an Important Part of Your Reckless Driving Defense
If your case goes to trial, then the government is likely going to question the police officer on the stand. The prosecutor will attempt to prove the elements of the reckless driving charge against you. For example, if you have been charged with reckless driving speeding, then the prosecutor will ask the police officer how fast you were going and what methods the officer used to calculate your speed.
Your reckless driving defense lawyer may be able to create reasonable doubt by questioning the officer about the evidence against you. Depending on the facts of your case, your lawyer may be able to question the reliability of the radar, lidar, or other equipment used by the officer, or the officer’s interpretation of the speed data.
Tips for Cross-Examining a Cop in a Reckless Driving Case
There is an art to cross-examination. An experienced lawyer can help you make the most of this opportunity by:
Researching the law to decide what questions to ask in your case
Developing a cross-examination strategy based on the facts of your case
Asking questions that will be allowed by the court
You have the right to defend yourself in a Virginia reckless driving case. However, you also have the right to be represented by an experienced lawyer who has successfully represented other people facing reckless driving charges and who will use his skill and experience to fight for you during cross-examination and in every aspect of your defense. To learn more about Attorney T. Kevin Wilson can help you after a reckless driving arrest, please start a live chat with us or fill out our online contact form now.