Fresno California DUI Lawyer Terry Wapner of The Law Offices of Terry A. Wapner was featured on the E. Curtis Johnson radio show on 940 KYNO. Lawyer Wapner spoke about how trial by media may impact jury selection in high-profile cases.
Fresno California DUI Lawyer Terry Wapner was a featured guest expert on E. Curtis Johnson's 940 KYNO radio show. Wapner talked about how “trial by media” may taint the jury pool in high-profile cases.
You can listen to the entire interview HERE.
Wapner's radio interview coincided with the high-profile Fresno case in which a basketball coach was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and vehicular manslaughter. The crash had fatally injured a 7-year-old child and seriously injured his father and 18-month-old sister.
“Trial by media is very real, especially with DUIs,” said Terry Wapner, a Fresno DUI lawyer for over 20 years. “It takes a long time to qualify a jury, to pick a juror, especially with DUI. A lot of people can become indoctrinated against the case before the trial even starts, and whether they know the actual facts or not.”
As Fresno DUI lawyer Wapner understands, the media generally projects a strong pro-prosecution bias. Also a problem is that most people cannot relate to a criminal defendant.
“Some cases are very emotional and appear on the surface to be bad, but there are a lot of issues in these cases. Even in cases where everything is apparently cut and dry, its not,” said Wapner.
The media gives the public the opportunity to play armchair jury and judge.
“The alleged crime is being tried in the media. The public then tends to remember details from those initial few weeks whether they are true or not. For many defendants, when a case is judged in the media, permanent damage is done,” said Wapner.
About Terry Wapner and the Law Offices of Terry A. Wapner:
Fresno DUI Lawyer Terry Wapner provides a combination of skilled legal defense, knowledge of California DUI laws, special training in the administration of field sobriety and breath tests and a technical understanding of the biology, chemistry and physiology associated with alcohol consumption. The majority of Attorney Wapner's law practice is dedicated to drunk driving defense and protection of his client's rights. That experience could mean the difference between being found guilty of drunk driving in California, and having a case dismissed.
The penalties for being convicted for drunk driving in California can include loss of driver's license, fines and court fees, jail, higher auto insurance premiums, community service and mandatory enrollment in an alcohol awareness program. The consequences of being found guilty of CA DUI and having a criminal arrest record make it very important to seek legal guidance from a skilled and experienced DUI defense lawyer.