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Monday, June 2, 2014

DC Jury Finds Farrelly PC Client Not Guilty of DUI

On May 22, 2014, after only an hour and a half of deliberation, a jury comprised of 12 citizens of the District of Columbia found a Farrelly PC client not guilty of Driving Under the Influence.  The verdict followed a three-day trial in the District of Columbia Superior Court in front of the Honorable Milton Lee.

The government’s case hinged on the 21-month old testimony of three Metropolitan Police Department officers.  The government presented very little physical evidence at trial and there were also no chemical testing results introduced (the government alleged that the individual charged refused to submit to chemical testing).  After extensive cross-examination of all three police officers by Sean Farrelly, the government rested its case.  It is always the government’s burden to prove that an accused is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.  Predicting that the government had not met its burden, the defense elected not to present any evidence.

The verdict was an important one; not only for Farrelly PC and its client, but also for the concept that the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  Although the police officers all testified that they observed possible signs of impairment, after a thorough cross-examination and closing argument by Sean Farrelly, the jury agreed that the government had not met its burden and thus returned the only appropriate verdict of not guilty.

This case is yet another example of the importance of retaining a competent and experienced DC DUI lawyer to represent you.  If you have been arrested or are under investigation for a crime in DC please contact Farrelly PC.


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