Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Add 3 More to the List: 3 More Melowski & Associates Clients Avoid Drunk Driving Convictions

Case #1: OWI-1st/PAC-1st (with .177 blood test) Reduced to Reckless Driving

An attorney's reputation for winning carries a lot of weight in negotiations. In fact, there may be nothing that's more important. The outstanding outcome in this case is a perfect example of that. Facing difficult facts, our client, FF, had to fight his case because his job required that he have no restrictions on his driving privileges. Despite being stopped for two alleged instances of crossing the centerline; an alleged admission of drinking "6 beers and a Bloody Mary"; performing poorly on the roadside tests; and having a blood test result more than twice the legal limit, Dennis Melowski was able to undermine the prosecution's case just enough to negotiate a very favorable resolution. Aware of Dennis' reputation for having an unmatched record of trial successes in drunk driving cases, the prosecutor agreed to drop the drunk driving charges in exchange for a plea to a reduced charge of Reckless Driving, which is a non-alcohol related traffic offense that carries no license loss. In addition, FF was able to completely avoid installing an ignition interlock device, which would have been mandatory under the original charges due to FF's blood test result. Aside from paying a fine, FF suffered no consequences from this incident. 

Do yourself a favor, ask other lawyers to whom you might be speaking to share their specific successes in drunk driving cases from the past year. And then ask yourself if you are impressed with the answer. If they even give you one.

Case #2: OWI-1st/PAC-1st (with .11 breath test result) Reduced to Reckless Driving

Our client, SA, was absolutely committed to not becoming a convicted drunk driver. As a retired professional with an impeccable reputation in his community, SA could not bear the fact of such a stigma. So Dennis Melowski litigated the case for nearly two years. Finally, just a few days prior to SA's jury trial, the prosecutor decided he had had enough. Knowing that Dennis was hell-bent on seeing the case through, the prosecutor agreed to drop the drunk driving charges, along with the speeding citation that was the reason for the initial stop. In exchange, SA plead no contest to a reduced charge of Reckless Driving. He never lost his license for even a single day and was completely spared of the permanent stain of a drunk driving conviction. He couldn't be happier.

You can read SA's 5-star review of Dennis' work on his case on the independent lawyer rating website Avvo by clicking here (the review is titled "DUI Case"): http://www.avvo.com/attorneys/53081-wi-dennis-melowski-1523763/reviews.html

Case #3: OWI-1st/PAC-1st Reduced to Reckless Driving for One of Attorney Matt Murray's Clients

JT would lose his job if his licensed were revoked or suspended. Given what he had to lose, he had to fight his case. Attorney Matt Murray went to work immediately and convinced the judge to stay JT's administrative suspension that occurs prior to any conviction. After that, Matt pushed the case to trial. A few days prior to the trial date, the prosecutor called and came right out with an offer to resolve the case with just a Reckless Driving ticket. Thanks to Matt's hard work, JT never lost his license and saved his job. It's what our firm is known for.