5/15/2014: SAN MATEO COUNTY (REDWOOD CITY) .29% BAC 1st OFFENSE DUI w/ HIGH BAC ENHANCEMENT
Outcome: Minimum Probation Terms, NO JAIL or SWAP, $1000 FINE & ONLINE DUI SCHOOL
Description: This case could have ended a lot worse than it did. Client had long suffered with severe alcoholism was visiting the Bay Area from the East Coast while looking for work. Apparently, Client was driving a pickup truck and hauling a boat in San Mateo County when the boat became dislodged from the truck. Thankfully, the boat came to rest peacefully in the freeway and no one was injured. Client turned around to get the boat and was then detained by the CHP who concluded that he was under the influence and arrested him for DUI.
At the station, Client submitted to a blood test which came back an astonishing .29% BAC which qualified him for both the DUI charges and the high BAC DUI enhancement. After being released from jail, Client retained me and moved back to the East Coast where he promptly entered a residential treatment program which he successfully completed and graduated to a half-way house.
Today, I was able to make the most of the Client's self-acceptance of responsibility and settled the DUI case for a minimum punishment of three years of informal court probation, fine of $1,000 and online DUI School. Client's ability to drive in California suspended by DMV for six months. In the end, this case demonstrates just how important your lawyer is for a DUI case, no matter how high the BAC. I managed this case for the client, who NEVER appeared in court and negotiated a resolution which took into account his voluntary acceptance of treatment. Client received NO JAIL, SWAP OR COMMUNITY SERVICE and just by asking, I was able to get the judge to reduce his fine by $1,000. Hopefully the treatment works and I won't hear back from this DUI Client until the time comes to expunge his DUI conviction.