Harford County has the reputation of being a tough jurisdiction to try a DUI, especially in the District Court. I have obtained not guilty verdicts in jury trials because I don’t try many of these in the District Court. The last trial in the District Court took 2 days and resulted in a not guilty because of improper charging that only the trial judge and I understood. Two weeks ago, I had a case that I did not think I could lose, no matter who the judge. I sat there a little while and watched most private counsel ask for a jury trial and have their case transferred to the Circuit Court. My trial was not long on testimony, and at the end very short on argument. I contested the HGN because I was concerned the judge would give it more wait than it was entitled to. The case involved a roll-over accident, and possible head injury. I asked the officer if he had seen the Steelers game on tv the previous week. He had and I asked him if he remembered James Harrison of the Steelers being given the HGN on the sideline by the team doctor after he had a collision and struck his head. The State objected, the judge laughed and sustained the objection, but I made my point. With no breath test, no other fields, and an explanation for the accident, the State had nothing. Not guilty and a trip to the Clerk’s office to file an expungement so my client can join the military. The next week, I got a letter from one of the attorney’s who juried out, but stayed to watch my trial congratulating me and telling me how much he liked the football example of the HGN.
Tough Times Call For Tough Representation