State v. A.P., November, 2015
Charges: 2nd Degree DWI - Refusal and 3rd Degree DWI
Resolution: Washington County. Plea to a lesser included conviction with a sentence that did not include any jail time, house arrest, or sentence to service - a rare outcome for DWI offenders with priors and a refusal. This case points to the importance of being proactive. The client immediately obtained an alcohol-dependence assessment, readily accepted responsibility for his actions, and had an honest commitment to community-building conduct before the case is resolved. By dedicating a significant amount of time to community service in advance of any formal hearings, this client escaped nearly all of the pitfalls inherent to DUI prosecution. The benefit is limiting the criminal consequences, with less supervision and obligations while being supervised. A fantastic result for a truly exceptional client.