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Manhattan jury acquits Cohen Forman Barone client accused of causing major accident while driving drunk

Manhattan jury acquits Cohen Forman Barone client accused of causing major accident while driving drunk

A Manhattan jury took less than half an hour to acquit a defendant accused of speeding across the West Hide Highway and barreling his car into another vehicle while he was intoxicated. The prosecution’s evidence rested not only on the severity of the accident, in which both cars were totaled, but also police and witness testimony that the defendant’s breath smelled of alcohol and that he refused to submit to a breathalyzer test. The jury agreed with the defense’s theory that while the accident was unfortunate, there was simply no basis to find that their client was drunk. The defense team successfully argued that any alcohol smelled by witnesses could not have come from their client and that he refused the test not in an effort to hide that he was drinking, but because he did not trust the accuracy of the breathalyzer. The Cohen Forman Barone client faced up to one year in jail, the loss of his job, and the revocation of his driver’s license.

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