OWI Down to Careless

West Coast of Michigan

Originally Posted on: Dec. 31 2005,17:28 by William Maze

On Thursday, December 29, 2005, we were able to procure a dismissal of drunk driving charges against our client in exchange for a plea to careless driving, a civil infraction carrying a fine of $135.00.

The case was particularly weak for the prosecution with a very low blood alcohol report, but the police officer in charge of the case described very bad driving and poor performance on field sobriety tests. Rather than taking the case to trial (where an expert witness would have been necessary), the client opted for the careless driving charge.