One of the latest trends in law enforcement technology is the use of body cameras. While these cameras can prove useful in certain situations and give defense attorneys more evidence to use in building a case surrounding the DUI stop specifically, it is important to remember that they are not the be-all and end-all of drunk driving defense.
For years, many police agencies have employed dashboard cameras to capture roadside traffic stops. However, these cameras only provide one viewing angle, and if the officer or the suspect (or both) steps out of the view of the camera, the footage may be unusable.
With body cameras, we get to see a different perspective and can sometimes get a much closer look at the driver as the officer approaches the vehicle. However, these cameras still do not allow us to see everything that the officer sees; rather, we can only view what is within the range of the camera at the specific angle that the officer’s body is oriented.
Though several police agencies across Michigan are now employing body cameras, there are other agencies that have not yet invested in dashboard cameras. There is no mandate on law enforcement agencies to implement these technologies, and some are more reluctant than others to use cameras of any type.
If you have been arrested for drunk driving, it is important to consult with an attorney who can review all the available evidence in your case and prepare a defense that is suitable to your specific situation.