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Client Gets DUI Dropped to Reckless Driving

Client gets DUI dropped to reckless driving despite a breath test over the legal limit in Alexandria Federal Court.

In the realm of legal battles, persistence and attention to detail can often turn the tide in favor of the defendant. Such was the case for one client of Virginia DUI attorney Jonathan Oates, who found himself facing daunting charges after being pulled over on Pentagon grounds.

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Background of the DUI Case

The client’s troubles began when he was stopped by law enforcement for running a stop sign on Pentagon grounds. Subsequent field sobriety tests indicated impairment, and a breathalyzer test revealed a blood alcohol concentration over the legal limit. It seemed like an open-and-shut case for the prosecution, who offered a plea deal for DUI.

A Thorough Examination of Police Reports

However, Oates, renowned for his meticulous approach, delved deep into the police reports. His scrutiny unearthed a crucial inconsistency in the officer’s documentation regarding the reason for the initial stop. Armed with this discovery, Oates refused to entertain the DUI plea offer.

Negotiating for a Better Outcome

Despite the prosecution’s reluctance to budge from the DUI charge, Oates persisted. He strategically highlighted the inconsistency in the police statements, emphasizing that his client would not accept any plea deal that included a DUI conviction.

DUI Charge Reduced to Reckless Driving

Through Oates’ unwavering determination and negotiation skills, the prosecution ultimately conceded. They agreed to amend the charge to reckless driving, a significant victory considering the initial severity of the accusations.


This case serves as a testament to the importance of thorough investigation and zealous advocacy in the legal arena. By challenging assumptions and scrutinizing every detail, attorneys like Jonathan Oates can secure favorable outcomes for their clients, even in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.