Our client was involved in a car accident over Labor Day weekend.
At a very dangerous intersection, our client was inching out in his pickup truck to turn left. He did not see two motorcycles coming down the road. Both motorcycle riders were severely injured, while our client was not injured at all.
The police immediately conducted field sobriety tests, and claimed to have smelled marijuana. Marijuana was found in a vacuum-sealed bag hidden in the dashboard.
Our strategy was to poke holes in the validity of the field sobriety test in order to show they are subjective, and not indicative of impairment. Moreover, our goal was to argue that possession of marijuana does not necessary mean it was smoked that day. For instance, if you pick up a case of beer and then get into an accident on the way home, does that mean you are drunk because you had beer in the car?
Lastly, through accident reconstruction, we were able to prove that the accident was simply just an accident. Like the many that happen every day, there was no evidence to indicate that our client was impaired.
Our client was found Not Guilty, and instead of going to state prison for 7 to 14 years, he paid a fine for the possession of marijuana.