6/12/2014: MARIN COUNTY (SAN RAFAEL) .14% BAC 1ST OFFENSE DUI
Case Conclusion Date: June 12, 2014
Practice Area: DUI / DWI
Outcome: DUI MINIMIZED: 3 yr Probation, $1,800, 3 Month School, NO SWAP
Description: Marin County DUI cases are heard at the Marin County Civic Center in San Rafael, California. The building was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, who is probably America's most renowned architect. Considering that Marin County is a truly beautiful place, it's always a pleasure to handle DUI cases here even though Marin County is the most difficult county in the Bay Area for DUI cases. Marin County does NOT reduce DUI offenses to "wet" reckless reductions. As a result, it's an either all or nothing DUI conviction or case dismissed.
Nevertheless, I was able to effectively represent this unfortunate individual who was arrested by the California Highway Patrol for failing to stop at a limit line before entering the sparsely populated California Highway 101 in the early morning hours. Client submitted to PAS and Breath Test with all resulting in .14% BAC. Client's primary concern was the ability to drive. Although client ultimately resolved the criminal case for a DUI (three year minimum probation, fine of $1,800, 3 Month DUI School), I was able to work out a resolution of a contestable DMV hearing that will end up with the client getting a restricted license with the least possible actual suspension (30 days is normally required for all DMV Administrative Per Se suspensions for first offense California DUI cases).
This concession, as it turned out, made all the difference to the client and allowed client to resolve criminal case for minimum penalties and now get on with getting over this one time DUI mistake.