• Dan Skarie

OWI 1st Offense Shawano County Circuit Court Reduced to Reckless Driving

Updated: Mar 12

Client held a commercial driver's license. That made this case doubly important as client would lose his job as a truck driver if found guilty.

Factually, client was traveling home from a bar with his wife on a snowy night. Couple got into a verbal argument and the wife lost control on the slick roads and the vehicle slid into the ditch. Upset wife got out and walked home. Client calls his brother to help tow him from ditch. While waiting for his brother to arrive the client slides over to the driver seat. Before the brother arrives the cops do and after a brief investigation the client is arrested for drunk driving. His job is now on the line.

After a thorough investigation we provided the Shawano County District Attorney's Office with physical evidence that the client was not driving the vehicle. The DA's Office wouldn't agree to dismiss so the case was scheduled for trial.

Thankfully at trial the prosecution failed to meet its burden and the case resulted in a hung jury. Rather than re-try the case the prosecution offered the client a citation for reckless driving. The client agreed and avoided an OWI conviction. Very pleased client who was able to keep his commercial driver's license.

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