Our Client, Tom, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with no proof of insurance, and disobeying a traffic control signal.
Police reports reflect that Tom was sleeping at the wheel and was stopped for two light cycles at the intersection of Higgins Road and Arlington Heights Road.
At trial, the officer testified that he smelled an odor of an alcoholic beverage on Tom’s breath. The officer further testified that he had slurred speech and bloodshot, glassy eyes. The officer stated that Tom had difficulty following directions. The officer testified that based upon all these observations it was his opinion that Tom was under the influence of alcohol.
At the end of the trial, we argued that Tom had no balance issues, and that any difficulty following directions was a language barrier rather than any indicia of impairment. We further argued that the State did not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Tom was under the influence of alcohol.
Tom was found not guilty of the DUI as well as the remaining traffic offenses.
Tom later referred to the trial as a “masterpiece.”