• Dan Skarie

OWI 1st Offense Dodge County Circuit Court Not Guilty at Jury Trial

Updated: Mar 12

This was a tough case for Atty. Skarie. Client volunteered at a community fundraiser "poker tournament". While cleaning up the tables at the nights end, client had a few drinks with the rest of the cleanup crew. On his way home, client was stopped for speeding, forced to undergo field sobriety testing and ultimately arrested for OWI. Client's blood test came back above the legal limit, .08.

The prosecution offered the client the minimum sentence in exchange for a guilty plea. Knowing what a drunk driving conviction would do to his reputation, the client rejected the plea offer and instructed Dan to take his case to trial. Attorney Skarie's cross examination of the state's key witness - the analyst from the Toxicology Section of the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene - demonstrated to the jurors that the laboratory takes numerous shortcuts in testing the client's sample via head-space gas chromatography. The jury wasn't happy with the laboratory and returned a not-guilty verdict on all counts.

Very relieved, very happy client who left the courthouse with his good name intact.

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