Probation in Felony DUI with Great Bodily Injury

Michael A. Goldstein represented our client who works for a local professional sports team. The client was charged with a felony DUI following an auto v. motorcycle traffic accident. The DA filed a GBI allegation which mandates a 3 year consecutive prison sentence. According to the arrest report, the victim was dragged approximately 60 feet before paramedics removed him from under the client’s vehicle. He was then rushed to the hospital with a collapsed lung and required several skin grafts. With a blood alcohol level of.23, we were left with little to work with. Our client declined the initial offer of 5 years in state prison. During Michael’s cross-examination of the victim at the preliminary hearing, the victim admitted that his personal injury attorney, who was also present in court, had advised him what to testify to regarding his injuries. Following this hearing, the DA agreed to dismiss the GBI allegation and Michael negotiated a probationary plea deal, including one weekend in private jail in addition to a period of community service. Consequently, our client retained her job and will earn a misdemeanor during the term of probation.

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