6/9/2014: SAN MATEO COUNTY (REDWOOD CITY) .15% BAC 1st OFFENSE DUI
Case Conclusion Date: June 9, 2014
Practice Area: DUI
Outcome: DUI MINIMIZED: 3 yr Probation,
FINES WAIVED, Online DUI School, 1 Day Jail
Description: San Mateo County has undergone a "consolidation" of their misdemeanor courts. Basically, the county has closed the once highly functional courthouse in South San Francisco and all DUI cases are now heard in Redwood City. Not to be inconvenienced by the cost cutting measures, Redwood City now typically takes six months to a year to resolve a straight forward DUI case. Case in point, Client was stopped for making an illegal turn by the Daly City Police Department while in route to Lucky Chances. Most unluckily, Client was arrested for DUI and submitted to PAS breath test of .15% BAC and subsequent implied consent breath test resulting in .14% BAC.
Client was a resident of Washington and was only visiting the Bay Area for the weekend. After several months of managing the criminal case for this client, we successfully settled the case today in Redwood City for the minimum DUI punishment of three years informal court probation, an online DUI School in lieu of the normal three month program, and basically a book and release in jail. In light of the costs incurred by client, I was able to get the judge at the Pre-Trial Conference to WAIVE HIS DUI FINES, totaling of a saving of nearly $1,700!
Not every DUI case is dismissed or reduced, but that doesn't mean that the result has to be the same every time. As I've always said, you don't get anything unless you ask and that couldn't be more true that when you're trying to effectively settle a DUI case in the Bay Area.