People charged with driving offenses often face a loss of license, fines, and sometimes incarceration. Naturally, these consequences can be devastating because driver’s licenses are needed to get to and from work, to transport children and other aspects of daily life.
Attorneys Jonathan Cohen and Andrew Winters have extensive experience defending virtually every type of driving charge, including:
Cohen and Winters also regularly appear in hearings at the Division of Motor Vehicles where they aim to help people who have lost their license get it back and people facing a loss of license either avoid or minimize it.
Driving Offenses Case Results:
Not Guilty: Jonathan Cohen represented a woman who had lost control of her vehicle and skidded into a mailbox. She refused to provide a breath sample and the prosecutor argued that her driving and her poor performance on the field sobriety tests showed she was intoxicated. Cohen zealously questioned the arresting officer about the way he administered field sobriety tests to the woman and pointed out significant errors committed by the officer. At the end of the trial the Judge found the woman “not guilty.”
Not Guilty: Andrew Winters represented a man who was charged with driving while intoxicated after testing .08 on the breathalyzer machine. Even though .08 is the legal limit in New Hampshire, the test has a margin of error of +/- .01. Winters was able to convince the jury that his client was not impaired at the time he was driving, and his client was found not guilty. Because the man had a prior conviction, he avoided not only a fine and loss of license, but a minimum 10-day jail sentence.
Not guilty: Jonathan Cohen represented a Correctional Officer charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated because of the high breath test. Cohen was able to get the breath test thrown out and then won the trial after successful cross-examination of the two arresting police officers about their improperly administered field sobriety tests.
Not Guilty: Andrew Winters represented a man charged with driving while a habitual offender and driving while intoxicated. On the habitual offender charge, which is a felony, the client could have faced up to five years in prison, and a minimum of one year in jail. Nobody saw the client driving but the police found his car stuck in a ditch and the client standing right next to it. Winters presented the client’s brother as a witness, who testified that in fact he, the brother, had been driving, and when the car got stuck, the brother went to look for help, leaving the client to wait by the car. The jury believed the brother and found the client not guilty of both charges, saving him from certain jail time.
Placed on File Without Finding: Jonathan Cohen represented a man accused of speeding. Cohen was able to convince the arresting officer to allow the man to complete a safe driving course and the speeding ticket was placed on file without a finding. The man was able to avoid the fine as well as the points he would have received from the DMV if he had been convicted of that violation.
Not Guilty: Andrew Winters represented a commercial truck driver who was charged with reckless operation of his truck after he rear-ended a car at stoplight. A police officer claimed that at the scene of the accident, the truck driver stated that his frustration at the driver ahead of him for not moving on a green light, and so had intentionally tapped the back bumper with his truck. Winters convinced the judge that this story was impossible. The truck driver was found not guilty, sparing him loss of his commercial driver’s license, and saving his livelihood.
Case Dismissed: Jonathan Cohen represented a man accused of driving while intoxicated. Cohen was able to convince the Judge that the stop of his client was illegal after cross-examination of the arresting police officer. As a result the charges against Cohen’s client were dismissed.
Not Guilty: Andrew Winters represented a young man charged with driving away from an accident. The officers claimed that paint on the young man’s car must have been a result of the accident, but the judge agreed with Andrew’s argument that the paint transfer was inconclusive, resulting in a not guilty verdict for the young man.
The lawyers of Cohen & Winters defend clients charged with driving offenses. If you’ve been charged with DWI, speeding, or reckless operation, don’t wait — contact us for a free consultation today.