Mar 30

Underage Consumption Case

August 2016

empty beer in the yardViolation and Citation:

Client admitted to drinking beer at an underage party. Client was charged with Underage Consumption, a misdemeanor of the first degree.

Result:

Negotiations resulted in charges being reduced to Disorderly Conduct (noise violation) a minor misdemeanor. $75 fine.

Mar 27

Shoplifting Case

August 2016

handcuffsViolation and Citation:

Client was held outside of a local store for allegedly shoplifting. The police were called. During the interaction, the officer turned the item over to the manager. The manager took the item back into the store to “check something out” about the item. All the interaction was caught on the officer’s dash cam, except when the manager went back into the store.

Result:

The police created a chain of custody issue when the manager was given the item, and went back into the store, out of sight of the officers. Case dismissed.

Mar 23

OVI and Speed 100 MPH Case

August 2016

Beer and Red Solo CupsViolation and Citation:

Client was stopped for driving 100mph. Officer smelled a strong odor alcohol and client admitted to drinking earlier, approximately 8 beers. Client failed the sobriety tests. Client refused the breath test. Client was charged with OVI and Speed.

Result:

Motion to suppressed was filed challenging the sufficiency of evidence to arrest client. During this period, client attended the 3 day alcohol school. Prior to going into the courtroom for the motion hearing, the state offered a Physical Control. Client pled to the Physical Control, with 60 days being electronically monitored for alcohol (given the speed violation, client was found to be a dangerous risk on the roads), $500 fine, 0 points assessed. Client’s refusal suspension remained in effect.

Mar 20

OVI and Lanes of Travel Case

June 2016

OVI and Lanes of TravelViolation and Citation:

Client was stopped for violating Marked Lanes. He was called in by another motorist as a drunk driver. The officer watched client drive outside his lanes. Client admitted to drinking alcohol earlier in the evening. Client had glassy and bloodshot eyes and slurred speech The officer indicated that client stumbled from the vehicle. Officer asked client to take the sobriety tests. Client stated to just take him in, he was refusing all tests. Client also refused the breath test. Client was cited with OVI and Lanes of Travel. Client had a CDL.

Result:

Client had a rare documented chronic medical condition that could have accounted for his appearing under the influence. Given the medical defense, the State offered client a Physical Control, with $650 fine, 3 day alcohol school, 6 month license suspension, and 0 points. Given client’s medical condition, alcohol should never be consumed if client is going to drive. Client will be arrested for OVI.

Mar 16

Assault and Possession of Marijuana and Paraphernalia Case

September 2016

assaultViolation and Citation:

Client was charged with assault for causing facial fractures to another patron during a bar fight. Client was also charged with possession of marijuana and paraphernalia

Result:

Client pled to the assault and the remaining charges were dropped. State was asking for 90 days in jail. Client was prepped with mitigating factors to present to the judge. Judge imposed 15 days in jail, with work release, no fine, and no reporting probation.

Mar 13

Speeding Case

October 2016

speeding on the highwayViolation and Citation:

Client was stopped for speeding, doing 113mph in a 70mph zone. Client had 3 prior speed convictions within the last 1.5 years. Client faced jail because of the amount of the speed and a probable license suspension for the amount of the speed and number of convictions.

Result:

Negotiations with the State resulted in a conviction for 101mph in a 70mph, $75 fine plus court costs, 4 points assessed, no jail and no license suspension.

Mar 09

Felony 4 Domestic Violence Case

July 2016

Felony 4 Domestic ViolenceViolation and Citation:

Client was indicted on 2 counts of Felony 4 Domestic Violence. While incarcerated during the pendency of his case, Client managed to get cited with assault of an inmate and was facing charges of Escape, a Felony 3. Client was facing may years in prison. Client had done a previous stint in prison.

Result:

Case took several months to negotiate, but resulted in client receiving conviction for 1 Attempted Domestic Violence, with a 12 month prison sentence, with credit for 6 months served in local jail, and convictions for Aggravated Menacing and Criminal Damaging, credit for time served and a $100 fine.

Mar 06

Multiple Counts of Possession of Marijuana and Paraphernalia Case

October 2016

Possession of Marijuana and ParaphernaliaViolation and Citation:

Client was cited on several occasions for possession of marijuana and paraphernalia in client’s vehicle. Client’s greatest concern was the mandatory minimum 6-month license suspension on each of the charges. Client was also charged with No License Plate Light.

Result:

During this time, the legislature was thought to do away with the mandatory suspension. I delayed client’s cases until the legislature did in fact change the law and made it discretionary with the judge. Prior to going before the judge, the State agreed to request no license suspension if the defendant took a urine test and tested negative for marijuana. Client took a drug store test and came up negative. A change of plea was scheduled. Prior to the plea change, client took a court urine test which was negative. Since client did in fact test negative, client entered a No Contest to the charges. Client was fined $10 for the plate light violation and $25 for each possession charge. No license suspension was imposed.

 

Mar 02

Disorderly Conduct and Obstruction of Official Business Case

June 2016

Violation and Citation:

handcuffsClient was arrested for Disorderly Conduct and Obstruction of Official Business. Police officers were investigating a potential fight in a parking lot. Officer came up to client and asked for an ID. Client initially began to comply, but then asked why the officer wanted his ID. Long story short, client told the officer to fuck off and client was thrown to the ground and cuffed. Client’s “demeanor” went down-hill from there, and he was held in jail. Officer was wearing a body-cam. Video showed that officer was “quick to react” to client’s “questioning the propriety of the officer’s method of investigation”. No other parties were questioned during the “investigation” of the potential fight. Client had a history with this police agency.

Result:

Both charges merged into a Persistent Disorderly Conduct. Client was given credit for night in jail. Night in jail handled any fine and court costs (essentially, no fine or court costs), and also wrapped up 2 other cases client had pending at the time (what I call a package deal).

 

Feb 27

OVI, Super OVI, Child Support Suspension, and Failure to Reinstate Suspension Case

July 2016

Sheriff Car WapakViolation and Citation:

Client was stopped because the registered owner of the vehicle was under suspension. The officer had run the plate. Client was not the owner, but looked similar to the owner. However, client was also under suspension. Client was also given sobriety tests, which client failed. Client also refused the breath test. Client had 2 prior OVIs within the last 6 years. Client was cited with OVI, Super OVI (minimum of 60 days in jail), Child Support Suspension, and Failure to Reinstate Suspension.

Result:

Validity of stop was the issue pursued. 5 months later, the deal reached was client plead to OVI (1st in 6 years), 3 day alcohol school, $375 fine, and a 6 month license suspense, credit for time already served on the suspension, 6 points assessed.

 

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