Contra Costa County Superior
Client was charged with DUI and 3 counts of child endangerment as his 3 young children were in the car. Client faced a minimum of 30 days jail and, more importantly, loss of custody rights of his children and the possible loss of his license to practice dentistry. The investigation revealed that the person who reported the client as drunk and driving was a friend of his estranged wife. Other witnesses from the same party were located and painted a different picture. Additional information indicated that the wife and the arresting officers may have withheld evidence. On the eve of the motion to suppress evidence, the prosecution reduced the charges to reckless driving and a fine. Additionally the DMV did not suspend the client’s license after an administrative hearing.
No jail. No conviction that jeopardized child custody or professional license. No DMV driver’s license suspension.