Our Past Successes With DWI Cases
A Montgomery County man was charged with Driving While Intoxicated after he led police on a chase from a traffic stop. Dan Juengel set the case for jury trial and secured a dismissal of the charge from the prosecuting attorney the day of trial.
A St. Louis County man with a commercial driver’s license was charged with Driving While Intoxicated following a checkpoint stop. The Client took the standardized filed sobriety tests and refused to provide a breath sample. The Client faced a one-year revocation of his commercial driving privileges if he were to lose his petition for review or plead guilty to DWI. At the license revocation hearing, FJR cross-examined the arresting officer, presented an expert witness, and put the Client on the stand to testify. The Court held that the arresting officer had no probable cause to arrest our Client for DWI. The criminal charge was subsequently amended to a careless and imprudent driving. Our Client never lost his commercial driving privileges and his criminal and driving record are DWI free.
A St. Louis County man had received his fifth DWI charge in about a six-year period and was charged with being a Chronic DWI Offender, which carries 5-15 years in prison wherein a person is not eligible for parole until they have served 100% of two years in prison. The defendant was also charged with felony Leaving the Scene of an Accident and felony Driving While Revoked. After months of assisting the defendant and getting him into various treatment programs across St. Louis- Matthew Radefeld was finally able to convince the prosecutors to give defendant a break and allow him to participate in DWI Court. Finally, after 18 months of working the DWI Court program, the defendant graduated from DWI court with a limited driving privilege and a whole new outlook on life. The defendant became an AA sponsor and a court mentor for others going through the DWI Court program. The defendant said that DWI Court saved his life, his marriage and his relationship with his children.
A Jefferson County man was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated following a checkpoint stop. The Client took the standardized field sobriety tests and provided a breath sample over the legal limit. FJR cross-examined the arresting officer and the officer responsible for maintaining the breath alcohol testing device. The Court found that evidence for probable cause and foundation for the breath alcohol testing device was not credible. The Client’s driving privileges were reinstated and the criminal case was settled favorably for the Client.
A St. Louis County man as charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Speeding, and Possession of an Open Container of Alcohol. After reviewing the police reports in the case, Frank, Juengel, & Radefeld was able to get all three charges amended to illegal parking tickets with fines and court costs totaling $367.50.
A Creve Coeur man was charged with driving while intoxicated – aggravated offender. Matthew Radefeld represented the defendant at preliminary hearing and was successful in getting the charges dismissed due to the state’s failure to show enough probable cause that defendant was actually intoxicated at the time he was driving the car versus having become intoxicated sometime thereafter.
A hearing-impaired man with a severe speech impediment faced a significant revocation of his driver’s license for having a BAC over .08percent. At the hearing on the revocation, the man testified about his disability and explained to the court that it was snowing and slippery the night of the incident and that he could not understand what the police officer was saying because she was speaking too fast and not explaining any of the testing procedures to him properly. The court agreed with Frank, Juengel & Radefeld, Attorneys at Law‘s arguments and found that even though the man clearly blew over the legal limit, the police did not have probable cause that he had been driving while intoxicated. His revocation was rescinded, and full driving privileges were restored.
A St. Louis woman received a DWI and, as luck would have it, just so happened to be on federal land on the Landing downtown. She was charged by the U.S. attorney’s office with a federal DWI and was looking at losing her license for a year. Our attorneys were able to convince the government to agree that she should be given pretrial diversion instead, and she was spared the points on her license, and significant fine, and most importantly, she was able to keep her driver’s license.
A driving while intoxicated charge was dismissed against a St. Louis County man. He was accused of driving his car off the road and causing extensive damage to city property. After extensive research and negotiation with the prosecutor, the case was dismissed based on a lack of scientific evidence proving the man was drunk at the time of the accident.
Driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident charges were dismissed at preliminary hearing against a 21-year-old St. Louis County man. The prosecutor’s office then reissued the charges through the grand jury. In the circuit court, Matthew Radefeld filed a motion to dismiss based upon a violation of the statute of limitations. After a very lengthy hearing, the defense was successful, the charges were dismissed, and the state was prohibited from reissuing the charges again.
A Moroccan man was charged with driving while intoxicated and several other traffic offenses. Due to his immigration status, a plea bargain was not an option. Matthew Radefeld tried the case and after cross-examination of the arresting officers, the defendant was acquitted of the charges. Because of this acquittal, he was saved from being deported and was able to stay in the country with his family.