Another DUI Case Reduced to Reckless Driving with Adjudication Withheld
Many cases are resolved with a "plea bargain." This is a compromise because the prosecution isn't sure that they can convict at trial, and we aren't sure that we can get the acquittal. As Tom's father used to say, "uncertainty is the lubrication of the legal system." At points of maximum uncertainty you will find the best opportunities to resolve a case. In this case, we had been fighting for 18 months over the admissibility of certain evidence, and the case was set for jury selection on Monday. But the imminence of the jury trial caused both sides to reassess, and the result was a plea bargain that everyone could live with. Our client had the case reduced from DUI to Reckless Driving, and adjudication was withheld. That means that there is technically no "conviction," and that the arrest and court proceedings can be "sealed" and removed from public view.
That means that the 18 months of fighting paid off for our client, who will be able to emerge from the entire ordeal without a criminal record.
Practice area(s): DUI / DWI
Court: Sarasota County Court-Venice Division