Improving Effective Prosecution

The Office takes a three step approach to improving prosecutions:

The first step is to continue to educate the first responders—the police officers with regard to what the prosecution needs from them in order to ensure successful prosecution, starting with the initial stop, testing, arrest, proper paperwork, continued through to courtroom testimony.

The second step is to continue to educate prosecutors. DWI cases are very technical in nature and require at least a basic understanding of the signs of intoxication/impairment, what field sobriety tests are and what they are used for, how the chemical tests work, basic ways to refute potential defenses, how to reach your jury and get past the “there but for the grace of God go I” mentality.

The third step is to continue the education of Judges through submitting thoroughly researched and well crafted motion papers, attendance and active participation at Pringle Hearings, use of victim impact statements, and presence of victim groups/representatives of STOP DWI at sentencing to illustrate that DWI charges are in fact serious crimes that require equally serious sentences.