ABA Lessons 7-9: Due Process Freedoms: Voir Dire Simulation: Case Description

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Grades 7-9: Due Process Freedoms
Voir Dire Simulation
Case Description

Jennifer, age 20, was returning to State Technical College after spending the weekend with friends at the beach. She was not concentrating on her driving, and swerved off the right side of the road near the corner of Dale and Elm streets in Raleigh. She ran over Mr. Driscoll's lawn, damaging shrubs and knocking down his fence.

An officer happened to drive by. After observing the situation he had reason to believe Jennifer had been drinking. There were two empty beer cans in the car. Jennifer's subsequent breathalyzer reading was .08. The damage to Mr. Driscoll's property is estimated at $850.

The officer charged her with Driving While Impaired (DWI) under the Safe Roads Act of 1983. If convicted, Jennifer could be fined up to $2,000 and be imprisoned from twenty-four hours to two years.

Jennifer is single, white and lives with two friends in an apartment. She has a part-time job as a waitress at Tony's Diner. She has never been in a car accident before, but is known to be a party girl.

She is majoring in drafting and received a partial scholarship from her hometown Chamber of Commerce.

Julie Van Camp is an educator now living in Lopez Island, Washington.