STATE v. K.A.
Charges: Criminal Speeding
Maximum Penalty: 180 days jail; $1,000.00 fine; 60 day loss of license
Summary: Client was traveling at a high rate of speed when he was clocked by a local police officer on radar at 92mph in a 50mph zone. Client immediately pulled over when the police officer signaled him/her to stop. Client was remorseful and admitted that he/she knew he/she was speeding but didn't realize how fast he/she was actually going. Client was arrested and charged with Criminal Speeding.
Result: Working against the client was his/her horrendous driver history. Client had been suspended as an Habitual Offender two separate times during his/her lengthy motor vehicle history. The driver history was littered with numerous violations, most of which included speeding infractions and operating after suspension. Thankfully, we had a sympathetic DA who agreed that while my client's driver history was bad, he/she had remained out of trouble for the past 3 years but if he/she was convicted, the client would be suspended for another 3 years as an habitual offender and would lose his/her job, which he/she had been at for a number of years. We were able to work out a deal that required my client to surrender himself/herself to the jail for 48 hours in exchange for a dismissal of the criminal speed charge and an admission to speeding 29mph over the speed limit. This arrangement kept my client from being classified as an habitual offender for the 3rd time, which would have resulted in another lengthy suspension and a loss of his/her job. My client was thrilled with this arrangement and has promised to turn over a new leaf now that he/she has been given a golden opportunity to turn things around.