Former Oregon DUI Cop Helps Idaho DUI Suspects
By: Chris Kramer
Dave Cox was a hard-nosed cop in Corvallis, Oregon who aggressively went after Oregon DUI suspects. In the six and a half years that he was on the police force, Cox made more than 1,000 Oregon DUI arrests and became the top DUI enforcement officer in the state of Oregon. He was a decorated officer and was widely recognized for his accomplishments.
Certainly Officer Cox was not someone you would want to encounter in Oregon if you were behind the wheel after having a few drinks - or even if you hadn't been drinking at all.
Cox's career ended after complaints and an internal police investigation found that he had wrongfully arrested a sober man for Oregon DUI, according to the Corvallis Gazette Times.
After he tumbled from the top of the police force, a disgraced Cox left the Corvallis Police Department and relocated to Boise, Idaho. KTRV News reported that he has now embarked on a new career which is very different from what he was doing in Corvallis. Cox has now founded Fact Finder Investigations Inc., a company that helps people accused of Idaho DUI beat the charges.
Cox told KTRV reporters that due to his experience with DUI investigations, he feels that he can now use the knowledge that he has gained during his law enforcement career to help innocent people who are accused of DUI.
Joe Filicetti, a lawyer who is based in Boise, Idaho, says that what Cox is doing is not illegal and that he is within his constitutional rights to use his experience and knowledge to help DUI suspects. Filicetti says that the question remains whether or not it is wise for Cox to use his talents in this manner.
He says that prosecutors will not sit back and let Cox walk all over them in court and that they will respond to his services by beefing up their cases against Idaho DUI suspects and pulling out all the stops.
The DUI conviction rate in Boise is an incredible 99.8 percent, according to data on the Boise City Police website. These prosecutors are not accustomed to losing. Assuming these statistics are accurate, there are certainly not many people beating Boise DUI charges in the state.
Enter Cox. He says that he is the only DUI defense expert with his credentials in the area and is hoping to have an impact on the stellar Boise DUI conviction rate.
Reporters from KTRV hit the streets of Boise to see what the public opinion of Cox and his services would be. People on all sides and in the middle were interviewed.
Some people said his service was immoral while others said that everyone needs someone to stand up for them. Still others said that while they did not respect Cox, they acknowledged his right to provide this service to DUI suspects.
Although everyone had a different opinion of Fact Finder Investigations, every person interviewed said that if they were accused of a Boise, Idaho DUI, they would enlist the help of Cox.
Cox, who is not an Idaho DUI lawyer, charges $225 to review a DUI case and $85 an hour for DUI defense trial preparation. It is illegal for any person who is not a lawyer to give legal advice, so it is uncertain as to how Cox may legally provide such services for his clients.
Cox also conducts seminars on understanding and defending DUI cases. Again, while it may be helpful to understand how a police officer conducts a DUI investigation, cops and ex-cops are still not trained and licensed lawyers and are unable to provide legal advice or represent DUI defendants in court.