Initially, Mr. Siegel’s client had been charged with his second offense of driving under the influence (DUI). He was accused of having a blood alcohol concentration of 0.195%, which is more than double the legal limit of 0.08%. Through an offer given at trial, the defendant was given the opportunity to have his offense reduced to reckless driving—under the condition that he stay out of trouble and complete counseling. Under the agreement, any violations of these terms would result in defendant serving 180 days in jail.
The client entered his plea, but he ended up facing more trouble before his sentencing date arrived—he ended up being accused of another DUI offense (his third one) in another court. This offense not only threatened the defendant with a possible conviction under the new allegations, but it also placed him at risk of breaking the agreement from his second alleged DUI offense. That would result in the defendant spending five months in jail. Mr. Siegel was able to take action on his client’s behalf by getting the state to reduce the third DUI offense to reckless driving. He also got the judge in the case of the second offense to agree that his client did not break the terms of his probation since the new DUI offense occurred after his plea but before his actual sentencing.
If Mr. Siegel’s client had been convicted with DUI upon the third offense, he would have had a felony conviction on his record. He also would have been incarcerated and likely would have faced other consequences that could have greatly impacted his life in a negative way. It is crucial that those facing criminal charges for DUI have a strong attorney to represent them, especially if they are dealing with complicating factors such as multiple DUI offenses or possible probation violations. A good attorney will be able to fully evaluate a client’s case and identify the best opportunities for protecting that individual’s future. Mr. Siegel was able to do this by recognizing that his client had not yet been sentenced and therefore had the chance to receive a certain level of flexibility.
The Law Office of Chip Siegel, Esq. is equipped to help its clients challenge their DUI charges, whether they are facing their first-time offenses or they have previous DUI records. To learn more about how the firm might be able to help in particular case, contact the Mr. Siegel’s office or visit his website at http://www.legalchip.com/