Sometimes an accused person will have an explanation as to why they may have appeared under the influence of alcohol when they really were not. For example, after a significant motor vehicle accident, a driver will often exhibit many of the same symptoms they might if they were impaired i.e. slurred speech, unsteadiness on feet. Again, a skilled lawyer can effectively bring out these alternative explanations with an eye towards creating reasonable doubt in the mind of the judge.
An experienced cross examiner will know what questions to ask and just as importantly what questions not to ask, so as to avoid bringing out information that is harmful to the case. A competent cross examiner will know what questions to ask and just as importantly what questions not to ask.
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