NOT GUILTY of Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol

Yesterday a jury in the Cambridge District Court quickly returned a not guilty verdict for our client. Our client called the police following a minor car accident because the other driver was irate and behaving bizarrely. Instead of addressing the situation, the responding officer accused our client driving under the influence. The officer’s testimony about so-called “field sobriety tests” (balancing and coordination exercises with no demonstrated ability to assess one’s sobriety) administered on the sidewalk of a busy street was not compelling especially in light of a booking video at that police station that showed our client standing upright without assistance or difficulty for almost 45 minutes. The booking video lasted longer than the jury’s deliberations and we are grateful for their verdict.