Monday, September 10, 2012

August 23, 2012: OWI-1st (with .166 blood test result) Reduced to Reckless Driving

As a regional account manager for a major auto parts supplier, MRL's job required him to have valid driving privileges at all times. To drive his company vehicle, to rent cars in other states, and as a general requirement of the company's code of conduct, MRL could not, under any circumstance, be convicted of drunk driving. So when MRL was arrested for his first-ever DUI offense, he thought his professional life might be over. And with good reason. The case against him initially looked quite strong. He was called in by another driver and allegedly failed the field sobriety tests on camera. Even worse, he had a roadside breath test result over the legal limit and a subsequent blood test revealed a .166 BAC level. Several attorneys MRL spoke to painted a very bleak picture. But one attorney told MRL not to give up hope and urged him to contact Dennis Melowski. This attorney had seen Dennis speak at legal seminars and was well aware of Dennis' unmatched record of success in defending cases just like MRL's. After meeting with Dennis, MRL knew Dennis was up to the task of saving his job. And that's just what Dennis did. From convincing the judge to stay MRL's administrative suspension, to unearthing several promising legal issues in MRL's case, Dennis fought for MRL at every turn. And on the afternoon of MRL's motion hearing, Dennis' efforts paid off in a big way. Dennis was able to convince the prosecutor to drop the drunk driving charges. Instead, MRL plead guilty to Reckless Driving, a non-alcohol-related driving offense which carries no loss of driver's license and no ignition interlock device installation, which would have been mandatory had MRL been convicted of the original charges due to his high blood test result. In fact, aside from paying a fine, MRL suffered no consequences from his arrest. More importantly, his job was saved. He couldn't be happier.