5/2/2014: SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY .24% BAC 1st OFFENSE DUI w/ HIGH BAC ENHANCEMENT
Outcome: ENHANCEMENT DISMISSED & 3 MONTH DUI SCHOOL
Description: Client decided to drive after drinking way too much and got caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. While driving home from work, Client came upon several San Francisco Police Department officers who had blocked the roadway in front of his house, apparently for some unrelated investigation. After some questioning, client was arrested for DUI and blew a .24% BAC. The District Attorney's initial offer was a plea to DUI with 10 days of SWAP and a 9 month DUI School. Today at Pre-Trial Conference, I was able to settle the case for client for dismissal of the high BAC enhancement and three years informal court probation, fine of $1,858, THREE MONTH DUI SCHOOL & 4 DAYS OF SWAP. Client's license suspended for thirty days and restricted for five months. By getting the three month DUI School, I was able to save client an additional five months of restricted driving, six months of DUI School and thousands of dollars.
Interestingly, Client told me after his case settled that he met others in the DUI School with lower BAC's that were ordered to do the 9 month school that paid a lot more than he did for his DUI attorney (me). Negotiating the best result in a DUI case, especially in San Francisco, takes a lot more talent and skill than traffic ticket. THE BEST DUI LAWYERS DON'T HANDLE TRAFFIC TICKET CASES!