Tuesday, June 5, 2012

May 30, 2012: Complete Dismissal of OWI-1st in Middle of Jury Trial

As almost any lawyer will attest to, the outcome of a jury trial does not always depend upon the facts of the case. Often, it hinges on the skills of the lawyers in the courtroom. Simply put, a great lawyer can quickly turn a bad case into a good one. As our record shows, the attorneys at Melowski & Associates are exceptionally skilled trial lawyers with a complete mastery of the intricate rules governing drunk driving offenses. This mastery frequently leads to substantial benefits to our clients.  A perfect example of this was County of P. v. IPM. Our client, IPM, was involved in a near fatal accident in which he was ejected from the vehicle and had to be airlifted to a nearby hospital. IPM was lucky to be alive. However, to add insult to injury,the County charged him with drunk driving when his blood alcohol level came back .12. Attorney Sarvan Singh took the case all the way to a jury trial. During trial, Attorney Singh noticed the County failed to call a certain witness. While the County did not believe this witness was particularly important, Attorney Singh knew better. He knew the witness was vital to the County’s case.  Biding his time, Attorney Singh waited until the right moment to make his legal objection regarding the County’s failure to call the witness. The County argued this witness was immaterial and did not need to provide testimony. However, by pointing out the specific statutory authority that required the County to call this witness, the Judge agreed with Attorney Singh and dismissed the drunk driving charges. IPM and his father were overjoyed with the news. IPM is a young man and is still worried how his injuries will affect his future. But one thing he can rest easy about is not having a life-changing drunk driving conviction on his record.