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What happens when arreting officer not in court for DUI charge?

Auburn, AL |

I was arrested for dui and will appear in court in auburn, al. I was wondering what happens if the arresting officer does not show up. I'm some how praying that it could be dropped. But any information will be helpful, and I am sure the judge will not drop it since it is a DUI.

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In all criminal cases you have the right to cross-examine your accuser, in this instance, the cop. If he/she does not show up for trial, you can ask for a dismissal. Usually, if the cop does not show up, the prosecuting attorney will request an adjournment so that he/she can find out where that cop was.


I agree with my collegue that the State will ask for an adjournment of the case to find out why the cop did not show up. It is extermely unlikely that the Court will grant a dismissal, at least during the initial stages of the proceedings, given the nature of the charge. I strongly suggest that you contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer admitted to practice law in AL and discuss the basis for the stop, the roadside investigation and any field sobriety test results, the breathalyzer/ alcotest procedures and test results, and the stationhouse investigation to see whether there is any legal defect in the case.

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