Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Can you tell the difference in this video between an "accent" and "slurred speech" that California DUI cops frequently claim to observe, lawyers ask?

Certain people naturally slur their words.  So what happens when a cop talks to a California driver and thinks the person is drunk or DUI based on what could be perceived as "slurred speech," criminal defense attorneys ask?

And how is that perception enhanced when the person talking seems to go on and on while seemingly speaking in a way which sounds like the driver's speech is slurred, California DUI lawyers probe?

A Big-Ticket Money physical sign or so-called "symptom" San Diego California cops claim DUI drivers manifest is "slurred speech."  (Attorneys see it in almost every DUI police report written by a San Diego California officer.)

Slurred speech certainly helps a cop try to prove their case that a driver was drunk.  What happens when    it turns out the speech was not slurred because the person was not drinking alcohol?

That is the case in this video of former Clash legend Joe Strummer whose accent obviously could be mistaken for slurred speech.  Joe is actually sober.  The video apparently depicts an early day interview with lots of sunshine and probably a cup of tea or coffee on his desk.

The time of day is important.  If a California DUI cop stops someone late at night, attorneys will tell you the cop is suspicious that the person may be drunk.  So it would be easier to be tempted to mistaken an accent for slurred speech in that situation, perhaps primarily because of the mindset of the California drunk driving cop at the time of their initial conversation, lawyers emphasize.

While many miss Joe in the musical world, we hope California Deputy Donut does not miss an accent vs. slurred speech distinction.  Such a preconceived miss could lead to similar other observations ultimately ending up with - the proverbial bowling ball rolling down the lane - an inevitable arrest for drunk driving.