Monday, December 30, 2013

Mistrial after empanelled jury results in reduced charge for my client...

Earilier this month I advised a client to take his case to trial after his Seattle DUI Arrest.
Initially, my client was reluctant to proceed because the client didn't see any issues on which we could prevail at trial.  As I always do in this situation, i.e., wherein the State is not willing to offer any type of resolution for my client, I recommend trial because you never know what will happen during the course of a jury trial.  Well, after we empanelled a jury of six good citizens, did our opening statements and began direct examination of the arresting officer, a mistrial was declared.  A mistrial means that the current jury trial is stopped, but that the State may still try the case again, no double jeaopardy issues arise in this scenario.
However, as a result of the mistrial, the State offered my client a fair resolution and he accepted.  The point of this story being that if you have an attorney unwillng to push for you, you will never have the opportunity for a better resolution of your case.  My client had no criminal history whatsover so this was a win in our minds.
If you have a Seattle DUI Arrest, don't hesitate to call one of Seattle's Best DUI Attorneys, Nate Webb!
About the author:
Nathan Webb, is a seasoned Seattle DUI Lawyer.  His practice emphasizes DUI defense.  He has been repeatedly recognized as one of Seattle's Best Attorneys! He was recognized as a Top Seattle DUI Attorneys by Seattle Met Magazine, Repeatedly named a Super Lawyer Rising Star in the area of DUI Defense by Washington Law and Politics Magazine, and Rated Superb for DUI Defense (perfect 10.0 out of 10.0) by