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Atlanta DUI: I disagree with the police report

Question: I was reading the police report for my DUI and the Atlanta policeman got details wrong. I don't agree with a lot of the report.

The cop said that I had slurred speech, I was argumentative and that I stumbled getting out of my car. I don't think that is true. In the police report he made it seem like I was really drunk. I was not really drunk.

I went to an Atlanta hawks game with some friends and we went out later to a couple of clubs and bars in Buckhead. We did some drinking, but not a huge amount. Certainly not like we used to drink at Georgia Tech or at Georgia Southern after finals.

At the end of the night I was going to drive home to Sandy Springs. But I didn't make it very far. I got stopped on Peachtree Street. The Atlanta police officer said I went through a red light. I may have.

I'm writing because I need a DUI lawyer and because the police report is unfair and not totally true. What should I do about the police report? I really think the cop lied.

J.Y. in Sandy Springs

Answer: There is not much that you can do about the police report. A police officer will not modify or revise the report simply because you request that he or she do so.

Of course, a police officer will slant the report in a way that will make it look like a defendant is guilty of DUI. So it is common that the police officer will state that someone has slurred speech, was uncooperative and swayed or stumbled.

It is very common that a DUI defendant disagrees with the police report. The best way to address the information contained in the report is to get a copy of the Atlanta police officer's video of the incident. If there is a video (and usually there is) and the sound is working properly, that is the best way to rebut the accusations in the report.

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