March 29, 2013
hears those two lovely words on a 0.127 Breath test: not guilty! His client was pulled over for driving with no headlights on Washington Ave in
. Client showed no loss of mental faculties and looked great on the Walk and Turn and One Leg Stand standard field sobriety tests. An open bottle of Crown was found in the car and his girl friend was allegedly very drunk. When the valets at Avenue returned his car they forgot to turn on the lights because valets turn off your automatic lights when they park it, so "Be aware"
shares with the courtroom.
Client is deathly afraid of needles, so he consented to a breath test. Breath test registered a 0.127 at
Police Department downtown. During trial, defense counsel had to file a Motion to Recuse the Judge for improperly coaching the State on how to deal with his trial skills. The Motion was denied and the Judge continued to help the State for the remainder of the case. However, what Judges don't realize is that the jury doesn't like to see the referee/judge wearing the other team's jersey. And, that was in fact Mr. Thiessen's closing argument.
He asked the jury for help. The jury helped him by returning the just verdict of Not Guilty despite the uneven playing field. The jury also didn't like the machine's maintenance history; the fact the officer was an overzealous advocate and not an independent witness; or the Judge's treatment of Defense Counsel. The Judge also kept his MADD plaque on the wall behind his chair for the entire trial. At the end of the day, Thiessen won the case for his client, which is what his history has been for over the past year.