A message from Jason Schatz from Friday, August 17th: After winning 3 motion hearings in a single day on Thursday, I wasn’t sure how things could get any better—but they did. Today we showed up ready for a Motion Hearing arguing that the Field Sobriety Tests should be ignored because the officer had my client remove his glasses for the HGN test but failed to let my client put them back on so he could see clearly before performing the Walk-and-Turn and One-Leg Stand tests. We were ready to go when I took a minute to chat with the officer and the prosecutor, and to the officer’s credit, he was an extremely fair and reasonable guy. We discussed the case together for a few moments, and then I excused myself to let the officer and the prosecutor chat amongst themselves. To my surprise, the prosecutor then came and told me that, at the officer’s request, he was going to reduce the charge from DUI to Public Intoxication. The officer had remembered my client and described him as being very cooperative with no prior criminal history. My client also had a job that he would lose if he were convicted of any serious misdemeanor offense, and the officer indicated that he did not want to see my client lose his job over this case. The officer’s comments, along with the issues we raised, resulted in a plea bargain that I never would have expected before walking into court that day. It was a fantastic result for my client, saving his job and his pension. I will not name the officer, but he knows who he is, and we thanked him very much for his cooperation and his reasonableness in resolving the case. I guess that goes to show that not all cops are such bad guys. Don’t underestimate the affect an officer can have on the plea bargaining of a case. So if you are stopped or arrested, be sure to treat the law enforcement personnel with respect and dignity. It may come back to you in the end.