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Case studies from past cases
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Here are a few case studies from past clients so you can see some examples. To protect client confidentiality, I am using different names in these case studies. Click below to jump to a case study, or keep scrolling:
Reckless driving dismissed – clearance protected
Reckless driving (99 mph) dismissed, saving client fines and license suspension
Reckless driving reduced – saving nurse from misdemeanor
DUI / DWI:
DWI / DUI dismissed – saving money, license, and record
DUI dismissed due to problems with the blood draw
DUI reduced to reckless driving – license saved
DUI reduced to first offense – no active jail
Robert called my office with a reckless driving charge for 85 mph in a 65 mph zone. He had already done his homework and knew that he was charged with a class 1 misdemeanor, which is the same level of offense as a DUI.
Robert was deeply concerned about his security clearance due to being a defense contractor (like many of my other clients).
During our initial phone call, I listened to Robert’s situation, found out about his prior driving record, and explained that I thought we could have his case completely dismissed with him attending a driver improvement class.
Robert hired me and followed my advice to prepare for court. When the court date arrived, I personally defended Robert in court without him even needing to show up.
Thanks to our careful strategy and my knowledge of the officer and judge, Robert’s case was completely dismissed without him paying a dime to the court.
In any reckless driving case, one of the main lines of defense is to go determine if the officer has his tuning fork, or lidar, or speedometer calibrations in order. The officer must be able to prove that whatever equipment he used to measure your speed was calibrated and accurate within the appropriate time frame.
When I represented Mark in Spotsylvania County for his reckless driving case for going 99 mph, he was facing a criminal conviction, a stiff license suspension, and a very high fine at the very least.
When we got to court I checked with the trooper to see if he had his tuning fork certificates available for inspection, and he did not have them. He said that he had one for sure but it was not with him. That day the judge actually granted the trooper a continuance in order to get his certificates and bring them the next time for trial.
When we showed up the second time for trial, again I talked with the trooper to inspect his tuning fork certificates, and he was empty-handed again! My client was able to have his charge completely dismissed because the trooper could not prove that his equipment was calibrated and accurate on the day that he alleged that my client was driving 99 miles an hour.
This is why you need to hire an attorney who knows how to inspect the tuning fork certificates and knows what to look for.
Carroll hired me to defend her against a misdemeanor reckless driving conviction, which could have placed her nursing career in jeopardy.
Through a combination of her excellent prior driving record and following my advice in preparation for court, I got her charge reduced to a minor speeding ticket where she paid $115 to the court.
I represented Joe for his Fredericksburg DWI. We plead not guilty and fought everything. The judge ended up ruling that the Commonwealth had not established that the officer had probable cause to arrest my client for DUI. This was based partly on the good performance of my client on field sobriety tests and also based on the officer’s shaky testimony about whether or not my client was actually the driver of the vehicle.
Because we challenged the arrest, and the court ruled that it was an invalid arrest, there was incompetent evidence that my client was actually guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol. The court dismissed the case.
Even a first offense DWI conviction carries a one-year loss of license, suspended jail time, and hundreds of dollars in fines, along with the requirement to attend the ASAP class, and abstain from alcohol. Thanks to fighting this case and beating it, Joe was saved all of those hassles, monetary penalties, and the havoc that a DUI conviction would cause his driving record.
In Sandra’s King George case, there were several problems that we identified with the prosecution’s case such as: probable cause for her to be arrested and how the blood was drawn. We actually lost the argument that it was a bad arrest. The judge ruled that the Commonwealth had a good enough probable cause in order to proceed on the charge. However, at the end of the day, we won the case. The Commonwealth could not lay the proper foundation for the actual blood draw and prove that they had followed the law closely enough to have sufficient proper evidence of Sandra’s intoxication.
By fighting everything that we could, Sandra was able to walk away, and she was not proven to be NOT guilty of DUI. This saved her from having a suspended license, having to take the VASAP class, and having the stigma of a DUI follow her around for life.
If you’re charged with a DUI in Virginia, you certainly don’t want to be found guilty of the DUI due to mandatory license suspension and ASAP classes. In many recent cases, I have been able to help clients avoid that issue by entering into an agreement with the Commonwealth where the DUI would be reduced to a reckless driving conviction, instead of a DUI.
For Bob’s case, this was critical, because he was a professional driver. He was very concerned about losing his ability to maintain his employment, which he had had for many years and he truly enjoyed. In Bob’s case, we were able to negotiate a great outcome, where his charge was amended from DUI to reckless driving, saving him from the stigma of DUI and the one-year loss of his driver’s license.
When Bob came to me for his DUI second offense charge here in Virginia, the first thing that I did was to investigate the prior offense to see if it really is indeed a legitimate second offense charge.
In Bob’s case, his first offense was from New York. The analysis is whether or not the first offense is substantially similar to Virginia law. Now I won’t bore you with the details here; however, in Bob’s case we were able to successfully argue that the New York state prior DUI was not substantially similar to a Virginia DUI. Therefore, it should not count against him. We actually made this argument at a pretrial motion in order to restore his privilege to drive in Virginia and lift the pretrial license suspension. Based on that argument, we were able to prevail. The judge converted the charge from a second offense DUI down to just a regular first offense DUI.
At the end of the case, Bob received all suspended jail time (which means he did not actually go to jail). If he had been found guilty of a second offense DUI, he would have been facing at least ten days of mandatory jail time along with 3 years loss of his privilege to drive in Virginia.
A recent client of mine was charged with hit and run and was very concerned about the implications that conviction might have on his driving record and future insurance rates, and even possible job situations. When he hired me, we discussed all the facts of the case and how there might be some weak spots in the Commonwealth’s evidence against him, and we proceeded to trial.
When the trial date came, the Commonwealth was unable to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that my client’s vehicle actually hit the alleged victim’s vehicle. The deputy testified that the damage to the alleged victim’s vehicle was to the side mirror and the damage to my client’s vehicle was way down on the bottom portion of the door of the vehicle.
I argued to the court that the damage simply did not line up physically to be caused by one impact. And there was no credible evidence to actually identify my client’s car.
In this case, the judge ruled that the Commonwealth had not proven the case beyond a reasonable doubt, and he dismissed the case for my client.
My client in this case was able to keep the hit and run charge off his record, which means that it will not affect him in future job situations, and it should not impact his insurance.
I recently represented Susie who was accused of not having insurance on her vehicle when she was involved in an accident. Unfortunately for Susie, we could not prove that she actually did have insurance coverage on the day in question; that’s typically the first line of defense.
However, there is another defense in a lot of insurance cases because officers are usually sloppy when investigating these tickets. The statute for failure to obtain insurance in Virginia requires that the officer prove that you also did not pay the $500 uninsured motor vehicle fee.
In Virginia, you are not required to have insurance. You are required to either have insurance OR to pay the uninsured motor vehicle fee. Unless the Commonwealth can prove that you did not pay the fee, you should not be found guilty of violating the insurance statute.
In Susie’s case, we fought the case head on and successfully won due to this lack of evidence on the Commonwealth’s part. If we had simply pled guilty or no contest because Susie did not actually have insurance, then she would be found guilty of a misdemeanor conviction. The court would have had to impose a $300 fine and she would have had to pay a $500 fee to DMV in addition to possible license suspension. By pleading not guilty and fighting the case and wining, Susie was saved hundreds of dollars and long-term ramifications on her record.
Spotsylvania County accused James of leaving the family dog in the car while he briefly stepped into the store for groceries. James was facing a misdemeanor conviction due to this allegation.
I worked with James to carefully position the case to have it dismissed. While he may have technically violated the Code, the temperature outside was so cool and the time was so brief that the dog was no in any danger. A trip to the family vet afterwards along with careful monitoring ensured that the dog was not harmed in any way.
I recommended other proactive steps for James to take before the court date, and we ended up convincing the County Attorney’s Office to drop the charge completely.