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Lawrence Kohn’s Legal Cases

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  • Cobb County .152 breath test

    Practice Area:
    DUI & DWI
    Outcome:
    Reckless Driving
    Description:
    Defendant was urinating next to his car in a bar parking lot. A police officer approached him and advised him not to drive. Defendant did not listen to the officer and after five minutes drove off. The officer allegedly saw my client run a stop sign and change lanes several times without using a signal. He was pulled over and told the officer he would not take field sobriety tests. The officer observed unsteadiness, swaying, bloodshot eyes, and a strong odor of alcohol. The Defendant was read the implied consent warning and took a breath test. He blew .152 and .155. Initially, it looked like a loser case. However, after getting copies of all of the breath tests given on the Intoxilyzer 5000 in that area on the night of the arrest, I learned that there were problems with my client's test. My client blew several times before the machine printed out a result. The State did not even have this information in its file. I went to the prosecutor three weeks before the case was set for a hearing and showed him the deficiencies in the case. The prosecutor agreed and reduced the case to a reckless driving and consented to let my client mail in his guilty plea to the lesser charge so he would not have to return to Georgia.
  • Cobb County Under 21 .06 beath test

    Practice Area:
    DUI & DWI
    Outcome:
    DUI dismissed
    Description:
    Defendant under 21: .061 breath test Defendant is an under 21 college student. On the evening before he was going to enter the national guard, his car ran off the road into the bushes. Defendant left the scene of the accident and returned with his mother. The vehicle was not capable of being driven. When Defendant arrived, the police were already at the scene. Defendant spoke with the police and was handcuffed. Defendant submitted to a hand held breath test at the roadway. He was driven to the station and submitted to a breath test revealing an alcohol level three times above the limit for someone his age. Defendant's mother was present during the investigation. The state was not willing to drop the DUI, so the case was set for trial. On the eve of trial, I allowed the prosecutor to speak with Defednant's mother about the sequence of events. Interestingly, the solicitor had a run in with one of the officers a few hours earlier. The prosecutor's experience with the officer confirmed that my client's mother was telling the truth about misleading statements given by the officer. Defendant entered a plea to too fast for conditions and had the alcohol possession by a minor discharged and dismissed without an adjudication of guilt.
  • Gwinnett County Refusal Jury Trial

    Practice Area:
    DUI & DWI
    Outcome:
    Not Guilty DUI, Not Guilty Obstruction
    Description:
    I had represented Defendant on two prior DUI cases. One of them was reduced to a reckless driving, and the other was a not guilty verdict at trial. In this case, the Defendant was parked in a driveway when the police were called to investigate a woman who was locked out of her house. My client was passed out behind the wheel of his car. The Duluth police investigated my client and had him do field sobriety evaluations. He was arrested, allegedly resisted arrested and was taken to the jail. At the jail, he refused the breath test. There was a video tape depicting the entire event. Using the video, we were able to establish that my client looked reasonable, acted reasonably, and did well on the field tests, despite the officer's testimony. The jury agreed. The State went forward on this case planning on using two similar transaction witnesses from the prior case, however, at trial, the officers from the prior case were not availiable.
  • College Park .133

    Practice Area:
    DUI & DWI
    Outcome:
    Reckless Driving after trial
    Description:
    I have won a number of cases, but this is as good as it gets. My client was charged with having an unlawful alcohol level in his body. He was involved in an accident and threw up several times. He failed field sobriety tests as well. In addition, there was no video. We were in a very difficult jurisdiction to win a trial. However, based upon the way the ticket was written, we determined that this was his best chance to win. I had the officers admit that their training mandated them to rinse my client's mouth with water after vomiting. They did not follow their training. The judge still appeared as if he was going to convict my client. I had an expert witness testify about the problem with not rinsing after vomiting. The judge wanted to wait and then issue a ruling. I was able to have the officer's agree to reduce the case to a reckless driving charge. The judge stated in 28 years on the bench he had never accepted a deal on a breath result so high, but agreed that this was a fair case to take a lesser plea. Everybody left the courthouse tht day feeling like justice was served.
  • City of Atlanta .142

    Practice Area:
    DUI & DWI
    Outcome:
    Not Guilty Verdict
    Description:
    Defendant was charged with DUI less safe and per se. When the officers found Defendant he was slumped over his steering wheel on the side of the road. His car was running. The officer opened the door and Defednant vomited on his shoes. The Defendant was incoherent and covered in vomit. The officer asked a few questions and determined that the Defendant was DUI. The defense was that the client had not driven to the scene. At trial, we produced a witness who testified that she had driven defednant and had left the scene. The State was unable to prove that Defednant had driven the vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. In addition, Defendant testified and was a credible witness, The judge found Defednant no guilty.
  • .110 Breath Test Gwinnett County

    Practice Area:
    DUI & DWI
    Outcome:
    Not Guilty
    Description:
    Defendant was involved in a car accident. He was driving a Honda Prelude and lost control of his car. The vehicle spun around and airbags were deployed. When the police arrived, they noticed Defendant had slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, and was dazed. Defendant was arrested, given a breath test and blew .110. At trial, the arresting officer who was the head of the DUI task force and had trained all other Gwinnett DUI officers testified that he had been hit with an airbag and it was like getting punched in the face. He stated that the manifestations he observed were consistent with an accident as well as with a DUI. An expert witness testified that the results of a breath test could be erroneous based upon the interfering substances in the airbag. Defendant was acquitted of the DUI and found guilty of failure to maintain lane.
  • 11th lifetime DUI Superior Court of Dekalb County DUI/Habitual Violator

    Practice Area:
    DUI & DWI
    Outcome:
    DUI dismissed
    Description:
    Defendant was charged with DUI while being a habitual violator. He lived in Stone Mountain. He was stopped at a roadblock. I went to the scene to investigate where the stop took place. It was clear that the police were stopping all people living inside a neighborhood cul-de sac. We filed a motion to suppress. At the motion hearing, the State was unable to provide proof that the purpose of the roadblock was lawful. It is the State's burden to prove the lawfulness of the stop. The judge heard the evidence and determined that the roadblock was not lawful. All evidence that stemmed from the trafic stop was suppressed and Defendant was free to leave.
  • .142 Dekalb County

    Practice Area:
    DUI & DWI
    Outcome:
    Plea to Reckless Driving
    Description:
    Dekalb County can be a difficult place to be charged with a DUI. Even if the case is horrible for the State, they seldom agree to negotiate. At the motion to suppress hearing, the officer could not testify properly on how he performed the HGN. He then was unable to articulate whether my client actually agreed to the State test. The judge and prosecutor tried to ask questions that would prompt a better response from the officer. However, the cop was honest and would not answer the question in a way that would allow the breath test to come in. Despite driving on the median, having slurred speech, and failing other dexterity tests, the state agreed to reduce the case to a reckless driving.
  • Dekalb County 2/5 Rear Ending a Cop Car .202

    Practice Area:
    DUI & DWI
    Outcome:
    Plea to Following too Close, DUI Dismissed
    Description:
    Defendant was travelling on Ashford Dunwoody road. She rear ended a police car. The officer was not very pleased. She then called a more experienced officer to the scene to investigate my client for DUI. Defendant was given field sobriety and read the implied consent at the scene. She initially refused the state test. The officer tesitifed that at the station he re-read the warning and she changed her mind and agreed. Unbeknownst to the officer, the testing officer had informed me that no implied consent was read at the station. The arresting officer clearly lied on the stand. The solicitor who was probably the most uptight prosecutor in Dekalb did not know this. After I crossed examined the officer, I told him to go outside and speak with his next witness. I told him that he was going to have a perjury problem. He went outside, walked back inside and looked like a pale ghost. He then told my client that he was dropping the DUI if she would plead to following too close and pay a fine. She gladly accepted.
  • Cobb County .05 Under 21 DUI dismissed after motion hearing

    Practice Area:
    DUI & DWI
    Outcome:
    Guilty Reckless Driving, DUI dismissed
    Description:
    Defendant was stopped at a roadblock by a Kennesaw State University Officer. The arresting officer tesitified that Defendant would not have been arrest expect for the fact that she was under 21. He testified on cross examination that my client was not less safe to drive. At the scene, she refused the test. However, at the station, she changed her mind based upon a Cobb County officer's (who was in the intoxilyzer room) statements. He told her to quit crying and if she took the test, at least she could get a permit. Defendant testified and did a great job. The judge did not throw the test results out, rather he gave us the impossible task of finding the officer, bringing him to court and seeing if he confirmed her story. Good Luck! Anyway, the arresting officer did remember my client speaking to another cop, but did not hear what was said. By chance, a Cobb County officer was in the jury box and heard the case. He then told me that he thought he knew who the cop was who spoke with my client. I eventually found the cop and he told me that my client was falling down drunk (b/s) and he would tell the judge just how drunk she was. I already had the arresting officer under oath saying she was sober. I told the prosecutor of what took place and she confirmed with her boss that the cop at the station was a blowhard and a liar. She agreed to drop the DUI and my client went back to college without a DUI on her record.