Commonwealth v. MW
ARRESTING AGENCY: PADUCAH POLICE DEPARTMENT DRIVING: OVER CENTER LINE. TOO CLOSE TO OUTER LANES ON INTERSTATE 24.
OFFICER'S OBSERVATIONS: “COULD SMELL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE ON HIS PERSON.” “SLURRED SPEECH AND DELAYED REACTIONS TO QUESTIONS.” NO FIELD SOBRIETY TESTS CONDUCTED BECAUSE OF THE LOCATION OF STOP.
CHEMICAL TEST RESULTS: 0.171 BREATH ALCOHOL CONTENT ON INTOXILYZER.
JURY VERDICT: NOT GUILTY. MV WAS BORN WITH A CLEFT PALATE. HE ENDURED MANY SURGERIES THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE TO CORRECT THE PROBLEM. HE'D WORN DENTURES HIS WHOLE LIFE. THE BACK OF THE TOP DENTURES CONTAINED SO MANY CRATERS IT LOOKED LIKE THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON. A DENTIST WAS EMPLOYED TO MAKE A MODEL OF MW'S DENTURES SO THE JURY COULD SEE THAT ALCOHOL COULD BE TRAPPED BETWEEN THE DENTURES AND THE ROOF OF MW'S MOUTH. AN EXPERT WITNESS ALSO TESTIFIED THE TRAPPED ALCOHOL WOULD AFFECT THE INTOXILYZER RESULT.
I have been representing people accused of crimes and victims of the negligence of others in Paducah since 1994. Before opening my Paducah office, I worked in two large Kentucky law firms. Working for large law firms made me realize I'd rather help a person injured in a car wreck caused by another driver's negligence than work for the negligent driver's insurance company.
I served two Kentucky governors in economic development positions. I am proud to have created jobs for the working men and women of Kentucky. Before working in economic development, I served a stint as a legislative liaison and a special prosecutor in the Kentucky Attorney General's office.
Before my legal career, I worked in a drug store, hardware, as a ditch digger and as a newspaper reporter. I worked my way through Ashland Community College, Marshall University and the University Of Kentucky College Of Law.
I handle criminal and personal injury cases in the western Kentucky counties of McCracken, Ballard, Carlisle, Marshall, Hickman, Graves, Livingston, Crittenden, Fulton, Caldwell and Lyon. I also represent clients in the United States District Courts, Eastern and Western District of Kentucky, including Paducah, Fort Campbell and Owensboro. I have also successfully represented clients in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati,Ohio.
I have been honored by my peers with Martindale Hubbell's prestigious AV rating for achieving and maintaining very high ethical conduct and preeminent legal ability. I have also been selected by my peers as a Kentucky Super Lawyer. Kentucky Monthly magazine selected me as one of the top attorneys in Kentucky. The National Trial Lawyers selected me as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer.
If you are facing federal or state criminal charges or have been injured because of someone's negligence, call me for an honest evaluation of your case. If you've got a great case, I'll tell you. If you got a case with problems, I'll tell you that too. I will put my reputation, experience and expertise to work for you. Your case deserves the attention of an experienced trial lawyer.