Another DUI Case Resolved with No Criminal Conviction
We resolved a case today with a withheld adjudication on a "no contest" plea to the reduced charge of Reckless Driving. Our client was charged with DUI, and the State Attorney's Office had dug in their heels, refusing to reduce the charge unless our client attended DUI School and counseling, and performed Offender Work Service with the Sarasota County Sheriff.
This was for a citizen who had been stopped for speeding and blew a .06 on the breath test estimator.
We can be just as stubborn as the prosecutors, however. The case was scheduled to go to trial in five days, and the state blinked. In a compromise resolution, our client agreed to pay the fines for a Reckless Driving charge, without an adjudication of guilt. Also without any license suspension, Offender Work Program, DUI school or counseling.
Most important, our client has no DUI conviction, which can result in loss of employment and increased insurance costs in excess of $10,000.
Practice area(s): DUI / DWI
Court: Sarasota County Court