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Our client faced 14 charges including two Aggravated DWIs. If convicted, he would have lost his license for at least one year and possibly served jail time. Through vigorous negotiations with the Assistant District Attorney, we were able to negotiate a plea agreement that reduced our client’s penalty to a six month revocation of his license.
Our client was charged with several offenses including Aggravated DWI. If convicted, he faced a mandatory penalty of over $1000 in fines and at least one year revocation of his license. However, we were able to negotiate a plea to a reduced DWAI charge and limited the impact on our client’s driver license to a 90 day suspension.
Our client was involved in a single car accident. An officer who was driving near by actually witnessed the accident. The client was ultimately arrested and charged with DWI; DWI above .08; and Aggravated DWI above .18; along with other traffic infractions. The only way our client could continue to work as he needed was to avoid the Ignition Interlock requirement, as such we needed a reduction to the traffic infraction of DWAI from the 3 DWI misdemeanors he was charged with. We started negotiations immediately and sent a letter of equities on our client’s behalf. Through this we were able to show that the client was in treatment, provided a safe facility for ask risk citizens in his community, and had started volunteering to help raise awareness about the risks of DWI. The ADA was able to justify a significant reduction based on our representations and negotiations. Our client was able to secure a DWAI plea which allowed him to avoid a misdemeanor conviction, and the ignition interlock requirements which allows him to keep work as he needs to.
In this case our client was put in unfortunate situation of having to deal with his friend who was being belligerent and fighting at a bar. The bartender told our client to get his friend out of there or he would be forced to call the police. Our client unfortunately made the poor decision of driving his friend away from the scene to diffuse the situation. Apparently the police had already been alerted to the fight and stopped our client’s car. Our client was arrested for Aggravated DWI (alleged BAC .18) and common law DWI, both misdemeanors. The policy of this particular DA’s office is not to reduce Aggravated DWIs to non criminal violations. However we were able to explain that while it was not the best choice, our client was trying to diffuse a volatile situation. Our team negotiated with the prosecutor and showed that while the policy may not warrant a reduction the facts of this case did. Our team was able to secure an exceptional offer of the non criminal violation of DWAI in full satisfaction of all the charges. This allowed our client to accept responsibility but took into account the fact that he was trying to help his friend and other patrons avoid a violent situation at the bar. Taking all the factors into account our team was able to secure a plea that was outside of the prosecutors policy and may not have happened without the team’s diligent work.