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Patrick Ferris’s Legal Cases

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  • State v. P.H.

    Practice Area:
    DUI & DWI
    Date:
    Apr 17, 2009
    Outcome:
    DUI charges DISMISSED during jury trial.
    Description:
    The defendant was involved in a single-car rollover accident. She was taken to a nearby hospital, and the Georgia State Patrol obtained a blood sample that led to a .20 BAC test result by the GBI Div. of Forensic Sciences. Immediately before opening arguments, I moved to prevent the State from using the blood test result. The court granted my motion, and the prosecution dismissed the DUI charges.
  • State v. R.C.

    Practice Area:
    DUI & DWI
    Date:
    May 14, 2009
    Outcome:
    Jury verdict of NOT GUILTY of DUI and all other counts.
    Description:
    The defendant was charged with 2 counts of DUI and with open container following a three-car collision. The state-administered breath test showed a result of .18 BAC, ad this result was admitted for the jury's consideration. The court entered a directed verdict on the open container charge, and after deliberating for about 30 minutes, the jury returned a verdict of "not guilty" on both DUI counts.
  • United States v. Auger

    Practice Area:
    Appeals
    Date:
    Jul 20, 2009
    Outcome:
    Sentence REVERSED
    Description:
    The defendant was originally charged with conspiracy to manufacture marijuana, but entered a plea to a lesser charge. The defendant's sentence on the lesser charge was reversed based on the government's failure to establish the number of "plants" of marijuana as that term is defined by the United States Sentencing Guidelines.
  • State v. J.F.

    Practice Area:
    DUI & DWI
    Date:
    Nov 15, 2011
    Outcome:
    Jury verdict of NOT GUILTY of DUI
    Description:
    State trooper responded to a single-car wreck. The injured driver refused to submit to roadside field tests and was placed under arrest. At trial the trooper, who is a highly-experienced DUI investigations instructor, told the jury about numerous observations that would prove that the driver was impaired. This testimony was completely disproved with evidence obtained through thorough investigation.
  • State v. C.C.

    Practice Area:
    DUI & DWI
    Date:
    Jan 25, 2012
    Outcome:
    Jury verdict of NOT GUILTY of DUI
    Description:
    "Disconnect" case. Police agreed that client drove without committing traffic infractions, and showed virtually no indicators of impairment. Breath test results were inconsistent with these observations, causing us to believe that it had been administered improperly. Investigation revealed that the intoxilyzer had in fact been operated in a manner that could produce false high results, and because the police did not comply with the statutory implied consent scheme, was thrown out prior to trial.
  • Carlson v. State

    Practice Area:
    Appeals
    Date:
    Jun 12, 2006
    Outcome:
    Affirmed, but the case is still subject of scholarly debate.
    Description:
    Raised issue of first impression in Georgia: whether the civil foundation for expert testimony or the criminal foundation for expert testimony would be required in a probation revocation hearing.
  • Sinclair v. Daly

    Practice Area:
    Appeals
    Date:
    Jan 20, 2009
    Outcome:
    REVERSED, Abuse of Discretion Standard
    Description:
    Trial court had issued restraining order against my my client, a church organist, based on pastor's position that the organist was stalking him. The evidence demonstrated that the "threats" the organist had made were threats of litigation.
  • Tanner v. Morris

    Practice Area:
    Appeals
    Date:
    Nov 01, 2010
    Outcome:
    REVERSED, Gross Abuse of Discretion Standard
    Description:
    Trial court found my client in contempt for failure to comply with an order concerning child custody. The Supreme Court of Georgia reversed the trial court's order, finding that he had paid at least as much as he had been required to pay, including payments to his former wife for children who had moved into his home following his divorce.
  • State v. L.M.

    Practice Area:
    DUI & DWI
    Date:
    Mar 06, 2012
    Outcome:
    After a hearing on out pre-trial motion, the DUI charges were dismissed.
    Description:
    Driver was stopped by a law enforcement officer who observed him cross over the lane divider on a curve. After the driver was stopped, the officer called for backup officers. The first backup officer who responded briefly spoke to the driver and then left. Additional backup was requested. When a second backup officer arrived, the officer who had stopped the driver told him she made observations consistent with DUI. The driver was arrested. Thorough investigation revealed that the officer who stopped the driver told the first agency that she radioed that she had not observed any indication of alcohol use or DUI. We then discovered that the officer may have used the unusually long stop in this case in order to accrue comp-time. We moved to suppress the evidence of DUI, and vigorously litigated the issue of the improper stop.
  • State v. A.B.

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Feb 12, 2014
    Outcome:
    NOT GUILTY of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, NOT GUILTY of the lesser included of possession of felony quantity of marijuana, NOT GUILTY of lesser included of possession of misdemeanor amount of marijuana.
    Description:
    Client was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. When he was arrested, marijuana was allegedly found in numerous locations on his property, inside his house, and in his car.