Trial Transcript: On the Definition of “Stuporous”

Jamison Koehler DUI and Driving Offenses, Trial Advocacy

DEFENSE ATTORNEY:  I noticed that you checked the box for “stuporous” on the police report. OFFICER:  Yes sir. Q:  You also used the term on direct. A:  Yes sir. Q:  You obviously thought that this was an important observation. A:  Yes. Q:  Let me ask you, Officer.  When was the last time you used that term in every day conversation? …

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The “Collective Knowledge” Doctrine in D.C.

Jamison Koehler Evidence, Opinions/Cases

  The firmly established “collective knowledge” doctrine in D.C. provides that, in determining whether the officers possessed sufficient knowledge to establish reasonable suspicion or probable cause for a search or seizure, it is not what any individual officer knows but what the officers know collectively, whether or not the information is actually communicated from one officer to another. At the …

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On Making Life Easier for Police Officers

Jamison Koehler Criminal Procedure

Of all the tricks used by police officers, one of the most devious – yet harmless – tricks I have heard is the ploy they use to take a DWI suspect into custody after deciding to make the arrest. The purpose of this particular trick is not to improve detection techniques or to get a reluctant suspect to confess. It …