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First DUI With Crash Reduced to Reckless Driving

By |2024-04-26T13:19:30-04:00April 26th, 2024|Categories: Success Stories|Tags: , , |

My client was headed home from working as a bartender. He had some drinks after his shift and there was water on the road. He hit a patch of pooled water and his car slid off the road and into a traffic pole. The crash was significant and his car wound up being totaled. He also suffered an injury to his shoulder.

The St. Petersburg Police arrived and began their investigation for DUI. He was eventually arrested and blew .13. He was taken to the Pinellas County jail and was released.

The Case:
Because there was a serious crash, I knew that he might not be eligible for the DROP program by the State. The DROP program would have guaranteed that he got a reckless driving charge instead of a DUI. I had my client begin completing all of the DUI requirements. It was his first DUI, so I was hoping that he would get some leniency. Once he completed the conditions, I wrote a letter to the State asking them to either let him into DROP or to give him a DUI. I explained all the good things that he had done and that there was no restitution.

The Result:
The State Attorney agreed to reduce the DUI to reckless driving. He had to pay a $500 fine, 12 months of probation but could get off probation in 6 months, DUI school, treatment, and a Victim Impact Panel. They did not ask for community service, there was no driver’s license suspension and no jail. My client was very happy with the result.

Sean McQuaid