Clients Receives Dismissal of Suspended License Charge The Day of Trial
Day of Trial Dismissal
My client was charged in Santa Clara County with having driven a motor vehicle on a suspended license after his license was suspended for being a negligent operator. [Vehicle Code section 14601(a)]. This charge carried a five day mandatory minimum in the county jail if convicted for this offense. Initially, my client asked the judge to represent himself. However, the court advised him that he needed a lawyer. My client contacted me. Through an intensive discovery process we determined that the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office could not easily prove that my client had a suspended license on the date and time of his stop. At the pre-trial conference the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office insisted that they would not reduce the charge against my client to an infraction. Believing that we could convince twelve Santa Clara County jurors that my client did not know that his license was suspended on the date and time of the stop, we confirmed his case for jury trial. On the day of trial we were prepared to proceed to trial armed with our Department of Motor Vehicle Expert Witness and the evidence we gathered from my client's insurance application and policy. Facing a superbly prepared defense, the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office quickly changed their tune. They dismissed my client's case in its entirety. My client saved two points on his license, increased insurance rates, five (5) days in the county, two (2) years of court probation, and fines and assessments nearing $1500.