I typically don't like to post results of DUI cases when the DUI charge gets reduced to a lower offense. I have noticed some other DUI attorneys do this, as if its a notable accomplishment. And to be honest, it is good when a client can avoid a DUI conviction. However negotiating with a Prosecutor is just part of our daily practice, and getting DUI charges reduced to lesser offenses is just a regular day at the office. I save the posts for when a DUI gets dismissed, or a client gets found not guilty at trial. Those are the types of results to write about, NOT getting a DUI lowered to a Neg 1. Thats rookie
Anyway today Im going to break my rule and discuss the last three DUI case results I have had. Not to brag about the end result, but to show its possible to get a DUI charge dismissed without litigating it at trial. The last three DUI cases I have resolved have ended in deferred sentences. What a deferred sentence is where a person will plead guilty but the Judge will not impose a sentence. Then if the person stays out of trouble for a period of time, they come back before the Judge and take back their guilty plea, and the charge gets dismissed.
So what happened with my last three cases. In 2 of the cases the DUI charge got reduced to Negligent Driving 1, in the other DUI case the DUI was dismissed completely and the charge was refiled as a Negligent Driving 1. Which in and of itself is a good result. However I was also successfully able to negotiate with the Prosecutor to recommend a deferred sentence. Meaning in two of the cases the charge would be dismissed in 1 year, and in the other case the charge would be dismissed in 6 months. This would allow the client the benefit of keeping their record clean, and avoid a criminal conviction which would could negatively affect their lives.
Remember there are lots of creative ways to avoid a criminal conviction, and having a DUI attorney that understands this goes a long way in making this possible. If you have been charged with a DUI and you're looking for a DUI attorney, please contact my office immediately to set up a free 60 minute consultation.
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