On the Morning of Trial, a DUI is Reduced to a Reckless Driving with Adjudication Withheld
This morning, we resolved a DUI case just before the prospective jurors were called into the courtroom. Weeks ago, the State had offered to reduce the case of our client to a Reckless Driving charge. But they wanted the court to adjudicate our client guilty. The adjudication would prevent our client from getting his record sealed. That would mean that anyone could look up his case and see that his original charge was DUI. We didn't want that.
The State Attorney's Office agreed just before trial to reduce the charge to Reckless Driving and to allow a withheld adjudication. Otherwise, we would have gone to trial.
Our client had shown a lot of patience as we prepared the case for trial held out for a withheld adjudication.
Practice area(s): DUI / DWI
Court: Sarasota County Court