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Illegitimate Traffic Stop leads to Reduced Charges

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If you have been charged with an OWI – either in state or municipal court – it is crucial to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney.  The award-winning legal team at Grieve Law has successfully defended OWI cases based upon successfully challenging the legality of the traffic stop.

Our client was charged with OWI-1st and Possession of Marijuana. According to the police report, our client’s vehicle was stopped for having an obstructed license plate.  Upon investigating the license plate issue, he noticed the odor of freshly burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle. He asked our client if she had smoked any marijuana that evening, to which she responded that she had and that she still had marijuana located in the vehicle. Our client was placed under arrest and transported to jail where she submitted to an evidentiary test of her blood, which later came back as positive for Marijuana.  She was then given citations for OWI-1st and Possession of Controlled Substance.

Our attorney began the process of reviewing this case as we do all OWI offenses.  We obtained the police reports and video.  After reviewing the reports, our attorney noticed inconsistencies in the police report. Specifically, photos of the license plate led to doubt that it was actually obstructed – calling into question the legitimacy of the stop.

Our attorney subsequently used this issue as leverage to negotiate a reduction of the OWI charge to a citation for Reckless Driving. Given our attorney’s zealous representation, our client was able to keep her record clean of OWIs.

If you have been charged with OWI, contact Grieve Law and talk to a team of experienced attorneys who have obtained OWI dismissals.