December 20, 2017, East Brookfield District Court, East Brookfield, MA
Attorney James J. Gribouski’s client, a fifty year old Brookfield, Massachusetts, man was stopped at a Massachusetts State Police sobriety checkpoint in East Brookfield, Massachusetts. After performing field sobriety tests, the client was arrested based on the trooper's belief that he was intoxicated. The client, who had a license to carry firearms, had a loaded firearm in his motor vehicle. He was charged with operating under the influence of liquor and carrying a firearm while intoxicated.Attorney Gribouski recommended that his client proceed to a jury trial. At trial, Attorney Gribouski was able to discredit the manner in which the trooper had his client perform the field sobriety tests. After his cross-examination of the trooper, Attorney Gribouski was able to rest his case without calling any witnesses. The jury returned verdicts of not guilty on both charges in less than ten minutes.
November 1, 2017, East Brookfield District Court, East Brookfield, Massachusetts
Attorney James J. Gribouski’s client, a twenty-two year old Webster, Massachusetts woman was stopped by a Dudley, Massachusetts police officer for allegedly crossing the middle lines on the roadway. After the client performed standardized field sobriety tests, including the walk and turn and one-legged stand, the officer arrested her for OUI.
Attorney Gribouski obtained the police reports and booking video, and after reviewing that evidence, recommended that his client proceed to trial. At trial, Attorney Gribouski cross-examined the police officer on his observations of the client and presented a copy of the booking video in his client’s defense. After the judge heard the cross-examination of the officer and watched the booking video, Attorney Gribouski's client was acquitted of the OUI charge.
27, 2017, Central District Court of Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts
Attorney James J. Gribouski’s client, a twenty-seven year old native of Revere, Massachusetts, was happily cruising down Route 146 at 94 miles per hour in Uxbridge, Massachusetts, smoking a bowl of marijuana when a Massachusetts State Trooper pulled him over. After the client admitted that he had just smoked the marijuana, the Trooper requested that he perform field sobriety tests and then charged the client with OUI marijuana.
During the pendency of the case, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued an important decision in Commonwealth v. Gerhardt . In that case, the SJC ruled that police can no longer offer an opinion as to whether a person was impaired by marijuana based on field sobriety tests (which are now to be referred to as "roadside assessments). Based on that recent ruling and his evaluation of the facts in the trooper's report, Attorney Gribouski recommended that his client proceed to trial, and the client was quickly acquitted.
October 26, 2017, Concord District Court, Concord, Massachusetts
Attorney James J. Gribouski’s client was stopped at a Massachusetts State Police Sobriety Checkpoint in Concord, Massachusetts. After performing field sobriety tests he was arrested for OUI. After carefully reviewing the police reports that he obtained, Attorney Gribouski recommended that his client proceed to trial.
At trial, Attorney Gribouski was able to point out several issues with the prosecution's case during cross-examination of the arresting officer. For example, he established that she did not observe that his client had slurred speech or was unsteady on his feet. Additionally, the officer testified that she did not see the client drive in an erratic manner. After establishing these favorable facts, Attorney Gribouski was able to rest his case without calling any witnesses. The judge then found his client not guilty of OUI.