2/27/2014: SAN MATEO COUNTY (REDWOOD CITY) .13% BAC 1st OFFENSE DUI w/ HIT & RUN COLLISION
Outcome: Hit & Run DISMISSED; Minimized DUI Punishment
Description: Client was a contractor in his 30's and visiting the Bay Area from Southern California when he had a collision with a fire hydrant in Menlo Park in the early hours of the morning. Thinking there was no damage to the hydrant, he drove away only to be ultimately stopped by a notorious "DUI enforcer" officer of the Menlo Park Police Department. A subsequent breath test revealed a BAC of .13% and client was arrested and then charged by the District Attorney with DUI and Hit and Run. Today, I settled the case on my client's behalf allowing him to obtain resolution without once having to attend court in Redwood City. The hit & run misdemeanor was DISMISSED and client plead to the DUI for minimum sentence of three years informal court probation, fine of $1,900, three month DUI School in Southern California and two days of jail, of which client actually served only about 8 hours. Client's license suspended by DMV for 30 days and restricted for work purposes for 5 months. Apparently, the government claimed that the hydrant needed to be repainted and that it cost $1,000 to do it. Makes you kind of want a government painting contract, doesn't it?