City Prosecutor's Office receives grant to improve DUI case prosecution
By: Kevin Christopher
02/6/13 5:11 PM
Public Information & Communications
For Release: Feb. 6, 2013
Contact: Kevin Christopher
Public Information & Communications Specialist
The City of Mesa Prosecutor’s Office has been awarded a grant by the DUI Abatement Council of the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety that is designed to improve DUI case prosecution. The City received $59,550 from the grant, of which $49,550 will create an online website containing materials such as Mesa Police Officer Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus logs and certifications from field sobriety tests that defense attorneys often demand during the discovery phase of a case. The remaining $10,000 will be used to pay expert witnesses to testify in court on synthetic drug cases.
“The City of Mesa Prosecutor’s Office is excited about the partnership and support that the DUI Abatement Council has provided to us,” City Prosecutor Jon Eliason said. “The funding provided in this grant will allow our office to prosecute DUI drug cases involving spice and bath salts more efficiently by having an expert witness testify to their results.”
With the grant allowing materials to be posted online, this will save the Mesa Police Department and the Prosecutor’s Office much time in complying with discovery requests and expenses in paper and toner.
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