Mike Brandt’s client was charged with Felony Domestic Assault and was facing twenty-four months in prison because of his prior record. While awaiting resolution of his case, Mike convinced the judge, despite objections by the prosecutor, to allow his client to enter inpatient chemical dependency treatment.

While Mike’s client was doing well in his treatment program, Mike went to work drafting a motion for a downward dispositional departure. Mike’s motion argued for his client to be placed on probation as opposed to being sent to prison.

After reading Mike’s sentencing arguments, the judge granted Mike’s motion and did not send Mike’s client to prison, but instead sentenced Mike’s client to probation. As long as he complies with the terms of his probation, Mike’s client will never see the inside of a prison due to this offense.