John A. Steakely

Attorney John Steakley is a 1996 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law. He began his career as the Special Prosecutor for Drug Crimes for a multi-county, multi-agency drug task force in Tennessee, where he represented the State of Tennessee in thousands of felony and misdemeanor cases in a 5-county judicial district.

Fake DUI Cases?

Fake DUI Cases?

Not everyone arrested and accused of something is guilty, even when the arresting officer is a decorated rising star.  Cops are human and make mistakes.  Sometimes they error on the side of arrest and "let the lawyers figure it out."  And then sometimes they are purposefully falsifying the whole thing:

 

According to the suit, filed Dec. 14 in District Court in Salt Lake County, Ms. Steed made a career of pulling over drivers who she claimed were driving drunk or under the influence.

There was only one problem. Some of the drivers Ms. Steed arrested had not been drinking, or at least not enough to be reasonably impaired, according to the lawsuit, brought by a group of Utah lawyers on behalf of two plaintiffs.

In several cases, those who were arrested did not drink alcohol, said Robert Sykes, one of the lawyers who filed the complaint, which names Ms. Steed and the Highway Patrol as defendants.

“We were all separately getting calls about Lisa Steed from people saying: ‘I was pulled over. I wasn’t doing anything wrong. She told me I smelled like alcohol, but I hadn’t been drinking,’ ” Mr. Sykes said.

“They would pass the sobriety test with flying colors. But Steed would say they were still impaired and arrest them.”

Mr. Sykes and the other lawyers involved in the case said that they have spoken with more than 40 people who also claimed they were falsely arrested by Ms. Steed. It was part of a pattern the officer engaged in to burnish her reputation with superiors, the lawyers said.

Horrible, if true.  But just like the people she arrested she is also innocent until proven guilty.  She may not have liked defense attorneys before, but I'll bet she went out and hired the best one she could find now.  No one likes lawyers until they need one.

This part also caught my eye too:

a notable number of driving-under-the-influence arrests to show for her diligence, Corporal Steed was named trooper of the year by her superiors in 2007, her career seemingly heading toward the inevitable promotions.

It caught my eye because cops will tell you there's no "quota" for DUI's and that their number of DUI arrests don't factor into them getting promoted.  That's BS. 

NEVER, NEVER, NEVER submit to those stupid field sobriety tests and NEVER, NEVER, NEVER submit to a test of your breath and blood.  When you do, you are just increasing your odds of getting convicted.

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