McHenry County State’s Attorney Convicts Another Drunk Driver

The following press release has been received from the Office of McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi. Amanda Fisher and Robert Malen were the assistants on the case:

ANOTHER DRUNK DRIVER
FOUND GUILTY

McHenry County State’s Attorney, Louis A. Bianchi, is pleased to announce that Assistant State’s Attorneys Amanda Fisher and Robert Malen recently won a jury trial in the matter of People v. Robert Carlson.

Carlson was charged with driving with a BAC over .08. Mr. Carlson was involved in a single car crash and transported to the hospital.

During the course of the medical treatment his blood draw was .10. There were several evidentiary challenges that existed with this case:

  • the blood draw timeline was in dispute and
  • there were no field sobriety tests done.

Also, the witnesses who had contact with the defendant, except for the arresting officer, saw no signs of impairment.

The defendant will be sentenced September 18, 2009.

We are proud of the successes of these two Assistant State’s Attorneys and they remain undefeated in their blood draw cases.


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