5 cases, 2 counties, DWI dismissed
Client found himself repeatedly arrested and charged with possession of marijuana. When I was hired in 2015 he had two pending marijuana cases, and by the time we finished with all of his cases in 2018 he had accumulated arrests for three marijuana cases and one misdemeanor POCS case in Williamson county in 3 separate incidents.
In the midst of his troubles in Williamson county, he was also arrested for a marijuana-only DWI with accident in Travis county. The accident was probably not his fault and despite the blood test results showing THC in his blood stream, he looked rock-solid on the police videotape.
When client's mother hired me she was terrified that he was going to have to serve months of time in jail!
Client was not a hopeless case or a hardened criminal or drug user--he was a very hard working, valuable and conscientious employee at his company so it was very important to him and his boss that he not spend a long time in jail for fear of losing his job and harming the company. He was willing to to several things that helped us to work out his case--he took several drug and alcohol counseling classes and went to the MADD victim impact session prior to our having to dispose of his cases.
The ultimate outcome for these 5 cases was very favorable to him. It will enable him to keep his job and he will only have to serve a few days in jail.
Williamson county: client plead to time served for one MJ and one POCS case, and the state dismissed the other 2 MJ cases. In other words he did not do a single additional day in jail other than the time he had already spent when he was first arrested.
Travis county: client did not want probation so we were able to convince the State to offer 15 days jail to the reduced offense of obstructing a highway or passageway, and the State dismissed the DWI case. This is a great outcome because with his time credit he will only have to serve between 3 and 5 days in jail, and will not have to pay surcharges or get a new license suspension for a DWI conviction, and will not have any of the other collateral consequences of a DWI conviction.
This case is a great example of how hard work by a good lawyer combined with a client willing to perform some rehabilitation tasks up front can result in an excellent outcome even in what might seem like a hopeless situation!
Practice area(s): Criminal Defense, DUI / DWI
Court: Travis CC8, Williamson CC2