Clarkston, Michigan DUI
Joe's client was driving home from the bar after having a few drinks with some friends.
At one point his car veered over the line that marked the edge of the road. A police officer, having spotted him doing this, immediately pulled him over. The officer conducted field sobriety tests and then a breath test. Joe's client blew a 0.09, was placed under arrest, and was ultimately charged with DUI.
Joe investigated the case thoroughly, obtaining video tape evidence and reviewing all the details of the stop and the subsequent arrest. This investigation identified a couple of weaknesses in the prosecution's case, so when Joe's client was offered the reduced charge of impaired, he advised his client to decline and proceed to trial.
In the lead-up to the trial, Joe was regularly in contact with the prosecutor. Finally, after extensive negotiations, the prosecutor offered to reduce the charge to Reckless Driving. Joe explained to his client that this was a very good deal because it was a "non-alcohol" offence, because it would be better for his insurance, and because it would not cause him problems with his work.
Joe's client, delighted to be avoiding a drunk driving conviction, accepted the reduced charge of Reckless Driving.