Gross Misdemeanor Charge Reduced to a Misdemeanor
Mike Brandt’s client was charged with gross misdemeanor DWI from an incident occurring in August of 2018 in Chisago County. Mike’s client was called to the attention of a state trooper due to some erratic driving and when the trooper made contact with Mike’s client, Mike’s client exhibited numerous signs of impairment. Mike’s client was arrested and submitted to a breath test which revealed an alcohol content of .19. Mike’s client had a prior DWI that was outside of 10 years, but was still being considered by the prosecutor. Notwithstanding these serious factors, Mike was able to negotiate this matter to a misdemeanor and Mike’s client was placed on probation for two years with a $100 fine. Part of this was based upon issues Mike had identified in reviewing the police reports and squad video as well as submitting to the prosecutor documentation of the numerous steps Mike’s client had taken since his arrest. This negotiation resulted in his client avoiding a gross misdemeanor conviction, a longer term of probation, as well as any jail time.