Client pulled over after Santa Maria Police Department officer observed her driving on the wrong side of the road and weaving. .11 and .10 breath test results on a breath machine in full compliance with required testing procedures. Punishment sought was 3 years of probation, attendance of 30 AA meetings, about $2000 in fines and fees, a 3 month alcohol school and a 6 month license suspension.
At the DMV hearing, I was able to attack the credibility of the Santa Maria officer who had arrested my client for the DUI. As a result, her license was not suspended by DMV. After numerous court appearances and discussions with the Santa Maria prosecutor, I was finally able to convince them to dismiss the DUI charges in exchange for a plea to a wet reckless. She did not have to attend AA meetings, saved about $1000 in fines and fees, and, most importantly, the was no court- related suspension of her license.
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