Was I Being Videotaped in the Alpharetta Police Car?

Question: I was pretty drunk and got stopped in Alpharetta. I didn't take the breath test and I did not do very well on the field sobriety tests and I think the cop could tell I was pretty intoxicated. I tried not saying too much to the police officer.

He got stopped on Windward Parkway when I was coming home from Topgolf Alpharetta where we had a number of drinks. Then we went to Taco Mac on Windward for some beer. After the Alpharetta cop arrested me he put me I the back seat of the police car and drove me to the jail. When I was in the car I was saying things to him that I shouldn't have said. I was insulting and used many curses. I'm worried that I was being videotaped when I was in the back of the car. I didn't think about it at the time when I sobered up I got worried.

Do you think I am on video in the back of the car? It could look bad.

Answer: There is a high likelihood that you were being videotaped when in the back of the Alpharetta police car. Alpharetta police usually videotape interactions with DUI suspects. Police departments generally like to have a visual memorialization of what transpires in its police cars for the benefit of the police department.

Videotaping has been shown to reduce the number of complaints against police departments and the video can be used as evidence against a suspect. Depending on what you say or do, the video can be used to show impairment and help the Alpharetta prosecutor, Fran Shoenthal, make a DUI case against you.

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