DECEMBER 2019 - CASE DISMISSED
Defendant’s Rights Not Understood
A restaurant owner who did not speak English as a first language was charged with drunk driving. It was clear when our office accepted representation that we needed to bring this issue to the attention of the court. All citizens should understand their rights and how to protect themselves after being arrested. The Commonwealth has the burden of showing that an individual arrested for drunk driving was informed of certain rights during the booking process in a language they understand. Our client’s language barrier prevented him from being properly informed of his rights. The court agreed and dismissed the entire case!