All 60 law enforcement officials with the Opelika Police Department (OPD) have recently completed some intensive new training on DUI investigations. This training is “designed to train officers in investigating impaired driving, and it takes them all the way through the investigation process [and] all the way through the court process,” program creator and Alabama Traffic Safety Prosecutor Brandon Hughes has explained.
The intent is to train officers on how to make DUI cases, how to better prepare these cases for prosecutors and how to testify in court in DUI cases (if and when this is needed).
According to Hughes, this training, which involves a four-hour course, is meant to help prosecutors get better results in DUI cases, which are among the more complicated criminal cases. Some are hoping that other law enforcement agencies in Alabama will take a cue from OPD and have their officers also complete this training on DUI investigations.
How these DUI Investigations Could Impact You
All 60 officials with the OPD have completed intensive new training on DUI investigations. The intent is to build stronger cases for prosecutors. Here’s what this may mean for you.
While this training on DUI investigations has been lauded by many, for motorists, it may mean that being informed about their rights – as well as what they should and should not do during DUI stops – is more important than ever.
In particular, here’s what drivers should know. During a DUI stop and/or after a DUI arrest, they have the rights to:
- Refuse to submit to field sobriety testing
- Refuse searches of their property
- Remain silent (as motorists are really only legally required to state their full legal name to officers and that’s it)
- Be informed of their Miranda rights (upon an arrest)
- Request and retain an attorney ASAP (and this request must legally stop any police interrogations until a lawyer has arrived).
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