Charlotte area Officer Barry Grimes was held in contempt by a judge after he lied during his testimony regarding a DUI arrest. Grimes testified the defendant "hopped around one one foot" during the one leg stand test and that the defendant failed the "walk and turn test." The in car dash camera showed Grimes didn't even administer those filed sobriety tests.
According to WSOC-Tv, the Judge dismissed the DUI case and found Grimes guilty of contempt of court. Grimes was sentenced to thirty days in jail. He claims he confused cases and said he wasn't prepared for court. Now more than a 100 pending DUI cases involving Grimes are being called into question.
First, the former "defendant" should be called a victim. Even if you buy Grimes claim he was ill prepared for court, then he shouldn't have unequivocally testified under oath the the Defendant . . I mean victim. . failed these field sobriety tests.
Don't Presume just because someone is arrested for DUI they are guilty
Second, the Judge who heard the testimony clearly didn't think Grimes "accidentally" testified wrong, because he sentenced him to 30 days in jail. That is a steep sentence for a contempt violation.
Finally, it again goes to show that the general perception of DUI charges are often misunderstood. Most people hear someone is arrested for DUI then they must have been guilty. Please remember it is the ONLY charge someone can be convicted, and ultimately sent to jail/prison, based on one person's opinion (the arresting officer).
It is another reminder that if someone is charged with a DUI, I urge them to hire an experienced DUI defense attorney.
Big thanks to fellow DUI Defense Attorney
A big thanks to Justin McShane of http://www.paduiblog.com/ for bringing this to light. He is one of the most well respected DUI defense attorneys in the country.
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