Mike Brandt’s client was arrested in January of 2017 in Wright County for Criminal Vehicular Operation. The allegation was that Mike’s client had gotten into an accident while under the influence of alcohol and a passenger in his vehicle had been injured. Before the charges were issued, Mike got involved and engaged in discussions with the prosecutor and pointed out some problems they had with their case and whether or not the state could prove that the passenger was actually injured in the accident. The prosecutor chose not to charge Criminal Vehicular Operation, but instead charged a DWI.
After avoiding the more serious charge of Criminal Vehicular Operation, Mike then fought the DWI and challenged the manner in which the State had obtained his client’s blood sample and Mike was prepared to go to trial. However, on the eve of trial the prosecutor agreed to amend the charge to Careless Driving and Mike’s client was placed on unsupervised probation for one year and paid a small fine. This case has a great deal of importance to Mike’s client since he is a commercial truck driver and a DWI conviction would have caused him to lose his CDL license for a year.