COMMONWEALTH V. WS
ARRESTING LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY: McCRACKEN COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT.
OFFICER'S OBSERVATIONS: Observed above fail to use his signal while turning right off of Eich Road onto Husbands Road. Upon above turning onto Husbands, observed above cross fog line twice. Upon contact with above, detected odor of alcohol. Also observed above to have blood shot glossy eyes and slow slurred speech. Above stated he had drank a few beers. Conducted FIELD SOBRIETY TESTS: HORIZONTAL GAZE NYSTAGMUS - equal track/pupil, lacked smooth pursuit, bounced max and onset. ONE LEG STAND - put foot down 3 times, used arms to balance, had above stop test. WALK AND TURN - missed heel to toe, stepped off line several times, incorrect turn and failed to count out loud. Read Implied consent. Did not wish to speak with own attorney. Breath- Refused, Blood- Refused, Urine- N/R. While doing 20-minute observation above stated he knew he had drank to much and shouldn't have drove.
CASE OUTCOME: I HIRED A FORMER POLICE OFFICER EXPERT ON FIELD SOBRIETY TESTING WHO VIEWED THE VIDEOTAPE OF THE STOP AND ARREST. WE DOCUMENTED THE ERRORS THE OFFICER MADE WHILE CONDUCTING THE FIELD SOBRIETY TESTS. I SHARED THE INFORMATION WITH THE PROSECUTOR WHO AGREED TO AMEND THE CHARGE TO A NON-DUI DISPOSITION. WS PAID A SMALL FINE AND DID NOT LOSE HIS LICENSE.
Practice area(s): DUI / DWI
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.
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