Monday, December 17, 2012

November 28, 2012: OWI-1st (with .10 Breath Test Result) Reduced to Driving Around Railroad Crossing Gate and Impeding Traffic by Slow Speed

As an over-the-road truck driver, our client, XJM, was well aware of the devastating consequences a drunk driving conviction can have on commercial drivers. So when XJM was stopped for failing to stop at a stop sign after having a few beers with a friend, he was scared. Although he didn't feel impaired, he had heard plenty of horror stories of drivers who never worked again after similar nights out. XJM's fear of losing his career went from bad to worse after he failed the roadside sobriety tests (on video) and registered a .10 breath test result at the police station following his arrest. XJM knew he was going to have to hire the best attorney he could find if he wanted any hope of saving his career. He went to see an attorney in Milwaukee who was referred to XJM by a close friend. Although this attorney has a very good reputation of his own, he was not optimistic that he could help XJM, given the substantial amount of unfavorable evidence against him. XJM was discouraged, but he asked this attorney one last question before he left his office: "If you or a loved one got charged with drunk driving, who would you hire?" Without hesitating, the attorney replied, "That's easy, Dennis Melowski." The very next day, XJM called Dennis. Seven months later, after some very creative negotiating with the prosecutor, the drunk driving charges against XJM were dropped. In exchange, XJM agreed to plead no contest to two non-alcohol-related offenses: Driving Around Railroad Crossing Gate and Impeding Traffic by Slow Speed,. Aside from paying fines, XJM suffered no other consequences from this incident and never lost his license for even a single day. His commercial privileges were completely spared and there is no trace of a drunk driving arrest on XJM's driving record. His career as a commercial truck driver was saved. He couldn't be happier.