We represented a client at the Fullerton courthouse who received a DUI in 2020. Her situation was unique because she had a DUI but decided not to drive anymore. Consequently, she chose not to participate in the AB 541 or first offender DUI class. Additionally, she had multiple delays in completing her community service. We took on this case after she failed to pay and faced multiple probation violations. The client eventually reached out to us.
Our client was a Korean female professional with her first DUI.
Charges or Allegations:
The legal issue in this case was whether the client could skip the DUI classes altogether. Normally, people take these classes as a prerequisite for regaining their license. However, our client, not concerned about getting her driver’s license back, decided to skip them. This created problems with the court, which was unsure of its authority to overlook the classes. Additionally, the client’s follow-up on her obligations was unsatisfactory; she failed to complete her classes.
The legal challenges in this case involved convincing the judge to allow our client to forego her DUI classes. Moreover, our client had multiple opportunities to complete her community service hours but faced significant follow-up issues. An arrest warrant had also been issued for her, complicating the situation when she approached us.
Our primary goal was to clear the arrest warrant for our client, allowing her to move freely in public without fear of arrest. Regarding community service, we had our client start before the court hearing, giving the judge confidence to give her another chance. We successfully convinced the judge to overlook the DUI classes, acknowledging on record that these were mandatory for regaining a driver’s license. We also aimed to terminate her probation, though she is still on probation, with a goal to end it at three years.
The case lasted two years until the client sought our help to remove the warrant, give her additional chances, and terminate probation. The key hearings involved recalling the bench warrants and addressing the probation violation.
Ultimately, our client was given another chance to complete her community service, and she was not required to attend the classes. Upon completion of her community service, the judge will consider terminating her probation. This consideration comes despite the challenges because the client has been on probation for a substantial period.
Role of Your Firm:
Our firm made a significant difference in convincing the judge to give our client another chance, despite her past mistakes. Due to our advocacy, the judge was willing to overlook these mistakes, give her another chance, and consider a motion to terminate probation after completing her community service hours.
As a result, our client can move on with her life with another chance. We understand that everyone makes mistakes, and at our office, we empathize with those who err and do not judge them, unlike other firms.