What to Do When an Officer Lies on Your OWI Police Report
Get Evidence Thrown Out with a Suppression Motion Hearing
It can be difficult to read police reports in which you are the accused, especially if key details are incorrect or seem to have been pulled out of thin air. If you think the officer who arrested you has fabricated some or all of the reports in your OWI case, your attorney may be able to challenge the officer’s credibility at a suppression motion hearing.
Courts typically believe the testimony of police officers because officers do not have the same bias in a case as the defendant—what possible reason would the officer have to lie? Of course, there can be situations in which an officer has an incentive to be dishonest, and it is your attorney’s job to try to convince the court of this.
One tool to expose dishonesty in police reports is a motion requesting the suppression of evidence invented or gathered as a result of this dishonesty. It is very likely the officer who arrested you had a squad car equipped with a camera and microphone, if not a body camera. The footage gathered by the squad camera is the key to exposing any exaggerations or outright lies in the reports. A skilled attorney can cross examine a police officer and bring out these discrepancies.
People Are Innocent Until Proven Guilty
Wisconsin Defense Attorneys Suppress False or Improperly Gathered OWI Evidence
If you believe the police reports in your OWI case contain errors or fabrications, ask your attorney about the possibility of filing a suppression motion challenging the officer’s credibility. Our Milwaukee drunk driving attorneys offer FREE case assessments to determine the best approach to getting you the minimum penalties.