Updated on February 3rd, 2021 at 10:49 pm
If you are charged with a criminal DUI in Wisconsin, you will have a jury trial. Before a jury trial, the prosecuting attorney and the defense attorney need to determine the people who will make up the jury. This process is called Voir Dire. As a Wisconsin DUI Defense Attorney, Nathan J. Dineen looks for people who will not be biased about drunk driving. To pick the best jury, attorneys ask a wide range of questions that are specific to drunk driving. The answers to the questions asked determine the people you chose for the jury, and the jury decides the outcome of the case.
The Importance of Voir Dire for a Wisconsin DUI
The right questions lead a Wisconsin DUI Defense Attorney away from the people in the jury who have biased views. When defending a person who has been charged with drunk driving, it is important for the jury to understand your point of view. The defense does not want to have a person who is a strong advocate for organizations such as MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) on the jury because they are already against drunk driving. A person with a bias against drunk driving is harder to sway than a person with an open mind.
Wisconsin DUI Jury Selection
The people selected for a jury by the defense are likely to have consumed alcohol at some point in their lives. People who understand How Alcohol Affects A Person and the decisions made have a greater chance of understanding and siding with the defense.
Sample WI DUI Defense Voir Dire Questions
Who has ever had a drink, wine, beer?
Who here feels it is illegal to drink and drive?
Who here has ever contested a traffic ticket before?
Were you or would you feel nervous around police officers?
Would you find it difficult to disagree with an officer’s testimony?
Is anyone a member of M.A.D.D.?
Hiring the Right Wisconsin DUI Defense Attorney
A great DUI Defense Attorney will let the jury know that there are no right or wrong answers, but ask the members of the jury to answer truthfully. With these answers, you Wisconsin DUI Defense Attorney is able to select a jury who will provide the best outcome for his client. Attorney Nathan J. Dineen of Vanden Heuvel & Dineen, S.C. has the knowledge and skill to determine a proper jury for the defense of his client. If you have received a Wisconsin DUI, contact Attorney Dineen at 1-800-805-1976 or complete a Free Case Review. Attorney Dineen is certified as a Standardized Field Sobriety Test Instructor (SFST) and Drug Recognition Evaluation (DRE). He understands what his clients are going through and helps them every step of the way.