STATE v. JS

The Result

DUI reduced to RECKLESS DRIVING

Client pulled over for allegedly speeding and following too closely.  Upon the Officer making contact with client, the officer noted a strong odor of alcohol.  It was further noted that Client had bloodshot watery eyes, slurred his speech, and was unsteady on his feet.  Upon performing field sobriety exercises the officer felt they were not satisfactory and arrested Client.  Upon arriving at the jail, Client submitted to a breath test, results being .167 and .168, more than twice the legal limit.  It was noted that Client admitted to coming from a local bar and drinking while there.  Upon reviewing this case, the attorney drafted a letter and spoke to the Prosecutor, explaining the weaknesses of the initial stop and informing him of an impending motion to suppress.  Rather than risk a total loss through lost evidence at a motion to suppress the Prosecutor agreed to reduce the DUI to a Reckless Driving charge.