2/28/2014: SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY .18% BAC 1st OFFENSE DUI w/ HIGH BAC ENHANCEMENT
Outcome: ENHANCEMENT DISMISSED & 3 MONTH DUI SCHOOL
Description: Client was in her mid-fifties and going through a tough time when she got drunk and drove into a DUI checkpoint with one headlight on the San Francisco Embarcadero. Her breath tests came in at .18% BAC and hence qualified her for the excessive BAC enhancement (over .15%). Complicating matters, client had two prior DUI's that occurred in a two week span of one another roughly twelve years ago. Client felt guilty for what she had done and went to her own arraignment in an effort to plead guilty to the DUI. San Francisco being the worst possible place to try and do this, she was daunted by the District Attorney's settlement offer which included a nine month DUI school and 15 days of SWAP in lieu of jail. She hired me and today I was able to make a difference. Client settled her case for a DUI conviction and three years informal court probation, fine of $1,850, ONLY 3 ACTUAL DAYS OF SWAP AND A 3 MONTH DUI SCHOOL. Client's license was suspended by DMV for one month with eligibility for a "restricted" license from DMV which would last for five months. By reducing client's sentence, I was able to save her thousands of dollars, six months of DUI School and 12 days of SWAP. Not a bad result considering what the DA had offered her to settle her case "early."