There are many working parts when it comes to defending against charges of driving while impaired. Challenges may be available to a traffic stop, procedures used in obtaining evidence or how the evidence was handled. Challenges may reduce the amount of evidence the state has to prosecute the case. Many cases may end in a plea agreement that can benefit a person accused of DWI.
Recently, a Detroit Lakes, Minnesota man decided to enter into a negotiated plea agreement to resolve more than one file involving DWI and other charges. The man was charged with felony fleeing police in a motor vehicle, felony DWI, a felony drug possession charge and a misdemeanor charge of driving after revocation from a September 15, 2012 incident. The man had additional charges of gross misdemeanor DWI and a DAR charge pending from a July 2, 2012 arrest.
The man recently settled both cases by pleading guilty to the felony fleeing and felony DWI charges from the September incident. In exchange for the guilty pleas, the felony drug possession and other charges from the September event were dismissed, as were the charges arising in July. Moreover, the man may be able to avoid spending time in prison under his plea agreement, although he will be required to serve 180 days in jail on the felonies.
The man was sentenced in Becker County District Court to up to five years’ probation on the fleeing conviction and up to seven years’ probation on the felony DWI charge. The prison sentence for the felony convictions was stayed under the plea agreement.
Many plea agreements may eliminate or reduce the time a person may spend behind bars. Or otherwise minimize the consequences of a criminal case. Each case is unique, and people accused of a criminal offense should consider speaking with legal counsel as soon as possible after allegations arise to help protect rights in court.
Source: Detroit Lakes Online, “DL man sentenced to probation for DWI, fleeing officers,” Jan. 30, 2013