This can be vital. Review the report carefully and make sure the officer got all of the information that he or she needs in order to form an opinion. If not, and you are representing yourself, send this information on to the officer, along with any photographs and witness statements that support you. Some officers will even take the time to meet with you. Do not delay as modern-day police officers get high volumes of work and often will forget your case quickly as time moves on. Still, once an inaccurate report is put in final form, it can cause a lot of trouble.

If you choose to hire an attorney to represent you, you have to tell the attorney or his staff quickly when you see errors in the police report and attach a memorandum explaining why you think the opinion is inaccurate. Again, include photographs and witness statements. The attorney or his staff should promptly follow up with you and then intervene on your behalf with the police officer.

If the case is serious enough, the attorney will involve the services of an accident reconstructionist or similar expert. Again, the information that you know needs to be given to that expert before he or she prepares her report. Often we will get the expert to then talk directly to the police officer. Again, this needs to be done at an early stage of the case.

Finally, if charges have been filed, you should speak with the prosecutor’s office and give an explanation as to what you think is in error. Again, if you have an attorney, let the lawyer do that.