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drunk driving

Client (a painter) charged with drunk driving second offense. Officer testified that he pulled the client over because he could not read the license plate due to paint partially covering one of the letters. We had our client bring the license plate into court. The officer agreed that the license plate was in the same condition as the night of the arrest. We walked to the farthest point of the courtroom from where the officer was testifying and asked the officer to estimate the distance (a license plate is required to be readable from 60 feet), the officer stated 100 feet. We then asked the officer to read the license plate to the judge, which he did without error. The judge found that the stop was illegal.

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