People v. L.N.
We proceeded to trial for our client who was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, improper lane usage and failing to use their turn signal. Our client was seen by a police officer exiting a bar, and the officer that our client drove in the wrong lane of traffic, traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes. The officer indicated that other vehicles had to take evasive action when this was occurring, and that when he got behind our client's car, he observed that the vehicle did not use a turn signal while turning south on one street and east on another. Upon stopping the vehicle, the officer noted a strong odor of alcohol on her breath, bloodshot, watery, glassy eyes and an admission that our client drank four alcoholic beverages at the bar. The stop occurred at 3:59 a.m., and obviously the officer did not believe our client's statement that she only had four drinks, especially after she admitted she was at that bar since 7:30 p.m. Our client was administered four field sobriety tests, according to the police officer, which she failed. The officer noted mood swings in our client, in that she was alternately crying and composed during the entire procedure. All of the officer's observations were captured on a video tape. Nevertheless, we proceeded with an aggressive defense of our client, which consisted of an extremely lengthy and thorough cross-examination of the officer. At the close of the case, the judge found our client not guilty of the charge of driving under the influence of alcohol and not guilty of the charge of driving the wrong way into oncoming traffic. He found her guilty of failing to use her turn signal and fined her $100.00.