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Hillsborough County DUI with Crash and Refusal Reduced to Reckless Driving

By |2024-05-22T12:10:09-04:00May 22nd, 2024|Categories: Success Stories|Tags: , , |

Attorney Ranger Jackson recently represented a client facing a first-time DUI charge in Hillsborough County. The circumstances were challenging: the client had been involved in a crash near the airport, left the scene, was visibly intoxicated and refused the breath test. Because of the crash, our client was not RIDR eligible; however, our client followed our game plan and received the benefit of a reduction.

Here’s how it unfolded:

  1. Initial Situation:
    • Our client was arrested for DUI after he was involved in an accident, left the scene, was visibly intoxicated, and refused to provide a breath test.
    • Because of the crash, our client was not eligible for “RIDR”
    • The state attorney’s office was initially pursuing the DUI charge.
  2. Building Our Case:
    • We thoroughly investigated the case gathered evidence related to the crash, and any mitigating factors.
    • Our team worked closely with the client to understand their side of the story, identify potential defenses, and work on mitigation.
    • We had our client register for DUI school, complete a MADD Victim Impact Panel, and complete 25 hours of community service.
    • We worked with our client to ensure that any restitution was paid out as soon as possible.
  3. Negotiations and Advocacy:
    • We engaged in negotiations with the state attorney’s office.
    • Our client had already completed community service and fulfilled DUI conditions before trial, demonstrating their commitment to rehabilitation.
    • We emphasized the lack of prior criminal history and the client’s proactive steps toward restitution.
  4. State Attorney’s Agreement:
    • After thorough discussions, the state attorney agreed to reduce the charge from DUI to reckless driving.
    • This outcome spared our client from the severe consequences associated with a DUI conviction including the license suspension and increased insurance costs.

Our law firm is proud to have secured a successful outcome for our client. If you’re facing similar legal issues, don’t hesitate to reach out – we’re here to help!