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Driving While Impaired Related Results
Hung Jury. Dismissed DWI
Client charged with his fourth DWI while on probation, facing a sentence of at least a year in prison. Mr. Chetson defendant the client in a jury trial that resulted in the jury deadlocked in favor of acquittal. The District Attorney’s office decided not to re-try the case, and subsequently dismissed all charges.
DWI Dismissed When State Failed to Prove Speeding
DWI involving a high BAC (more than .15) was dismissed because the State could not prove a constitutional ground for the stop. The officer alleged that he stopped the vehicle for speeding, and thereafter detected impairment. Mr. Chetson fought the case on the legality of the stop. The officer testified that Mr. Chetson’s client had gone from 0 to 45 and then had come to a complete stop, all within one city block. Mr. Chetson led the officer through math that showed that those speeds were impossible for any vehicle, much less a decade-old car, to attain in such short a distance. Case dismissed.
Client Found Not Guilty When State Couldn’t Prove He Was Driving
A client of The Chetson Firm was charged with Driving While Impaired following an accident. He registered a .15 on the Intoxilyzer (breathalyzer) machine, nearly twice the legal limit. Police had found the client in the car following an accident. He faced a mandatory one-year suspension of his license, and fines and court costs that could’ve totaled nearly $1,000, and a suspended jail sentence of 60 days with 12 months of probation. Following a District Court trial in which Mr. Chetson argued that the State could not prove the client was driving the vehicle and the State could not prove the vehicle was operated on North Carolina roads, a judge found the client not guilty of all charges.
Raleigh DWI District Court Punishment Reduced In Superior Court
A client was charged with Driving While Impaired (DWI) and was convicted in District Court of the DWI. He was fined hundreds of dollars and placed on probation for a year. The Chetson Firm appealed the client’s conviction to Superior Court and went to trial. While the client – who blew a .12 – was convicted of the DWI, Raleigh DWI lawyer Damon Chetson was able to plead for mercy and the judge imposed less than $100 in total court costs and fines and placed the client on probation for just 6 months, half of the normal DWI sentence. The client was overjoyed by the result.
Raleigh DWI Charge Involving Accident Dismissed In Court
A client of The Chetson Firm was charged with Driving While Impaired (DWI) after his car struck another vehicle. After legal maneuvering, Mr. Chetson was able to secure a dismissal of charges after the state failed to provide a key witness in the case on the day of trial.
Raleigh DWI Punishment Cut by More Than Half
A client was charged with a Driving While Impaired (DWI). In District court, the client was found guilty and sentenced to 12 months of unsupervised probation (60 days in jail suspended) and $450 days in fines. The Chetson Firm appealed the case to Superior Court, resulting in a sentence that was reduced to 6 months unsupervised probation (15 days in jail suspended) and $62 in fines.
Raleigh DWI Dismissed
A client was charged with a Driving While Impaired (DWI) after blowing a .07 and having marijuana found in her vehicle. The client was charged with a DWI, Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana. On the eve of jury trial, the District Attorney dismissed the case citing lack of evidence. The client walked away with not a single conviction from this event.
Drug Offense Success Headlines
Client Gets Felony Drug Diversion Program for Felony Prescription Fraud Charge
A client was charged with felony prescription fraud. He was entered into a felony drug diversion program, which will enable him to escape any criminal conviction and have the matter expunged from his record.
Sentence Reduced in Major Drug Trafficking Conspiracy
A client of The Chetson Firm was charged in federal court by the United States Government in a major drug trafficking conspiracy involving ties to a large international cartel and large quantities of controlled substances. Mr. Chetson was able to negotiate a resolution involving a 3553(f) safety valve, and a substantially reduced sentence with no additional time for other criminal activity.
Charges Dismissed on Marijuana Possession Case
A client was stopped by a police officer and searched. The client was arrested on suspicion of possessing less than a half ounce of marijuana. He had no prior criminal record, but was on a deferral program for a previous marijuana charge. Damon Chetson negotiated an agreement with the State where the client completed additional community service, and the charges were dismissed. The client has completed community service and still has a spotless record.
Drug Trafficking Dismissed
Client charged with more than 20 kilograms of cocaine in a massive inter-state drug conspiracy. North Carolina charges dismissed.
Felony Drug Charges Dismissed in Exchange for Community Service and Drug Education
Police arrested a client on suspicion of possessing prescription pills with the intent to sell them. No sale was actually observed. The client has a scholarship to attend university, which would be placed in jeopardy by a Felony conviction. Damon Chetson negotiated an agreement with the State where the State agreed to dismiss these felony drug charges in exchange for the client completing a year of community service and drug education programs.
Success Headlines from Other Case Types
Charges Reduced from Felonies to Misdemeanors
A client charged with Felony Breaking and Entering of a residence had his charges reduced on the eve of trial, preserving his ability to obtain an expunction (because of his age at the time of the offense. Co-defendants had previously been convicted of felony breaking & entering or felony larceny, and the State sought a similar result in this case. But, after having fully prepared for trial, the State offered a misdemeanor result.
Not Guilty Verdict on Robbery and Kidnapping Charges
A client was charged with four counts of robbery and four counts of kidnapping. The Chetson Firm served as second chair at a seven day Wake County jury trial where the client was found not guilty of all charges.
Deferred Prosecution Agreement With No Criminal Conviction for Stealing Property Charge
A client was charged in state felony court with stealing property along with several other friends. The episode was a college prank resulting in the loss of property to an owner/victim. Upon payment of restitution to the owner/victim, Mr. Chetson was able to negotiate a deferred prosecution agreement that resulted in no criminal conviction to the client.
Dismissal of Charges on Appeal for Domestic Violence and Immigration Issues
Another attorney represented a client in District Court on an issue involving domestic violence. The client was convicted after a District Court trial. He then hired Mr. Chetson to resolve the matter on appeal. The matter involved a complicated immigration issue as well as the domestic violence issue. Mr. Chetson was able to negotiate a dismissal of charges after the client completed counseling and community service.
Plea Deal Avoids 12 Month Prison Sentence
The Chetson Firm represented a client that was charged with Larceny, which could have meant 12 months in prison. Mr. Chetson negotiated a plea resulting in a purely probationary sentence. In addition, Mr. Chetson was able to secure unsupervised probation upon payment of restitution, which resulted in no special conditions of probation.
Successful Plea Agreement for Multiple Rape and Associated Sex Offense Charges
A client was charged with multiple counts of rape and associated sex offenses which would have meant that he would have served more than a 1,000 months (80 years) in prison. Along with co-counsel, Mr. Chetson, after two years of intensive work and investigation, identified serious deficiencies in the state’s case, including missing evidence that resulted in a plea agreement involving approximately 35 months in prison without admitting personal guilt.
Client Avoids Charges in Embezzlement Accusation
The Chetson Firm represented a client that was accused of embezzlement thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from an employer. Mr. Chetson negotiated a resolution whereby the client reimbursed the employer without admitting any responsibility. Police closed the case without ever filing charges and the client avoided any charges at all.
The Chetson Firm Negotiates With Police to Avoid Embezzlement Charges
A client was accused of embezzling more than $25,000 in cash from his employer. After heeding Mr. Chetson’s advice, the client politely declined to speak with police, and Mr. Chetson took over negotiations. No charges were ever filed.
No Charges Filed and No Admission of Guilt on Embezzlement Accusation
The client was accused of embezzling roughly $1,000 from an organization. With Mr. Chetson’s assistance, the client reimbursed the organization without admitting guilt, and no charges were ever filed.
Two-Year Plea Agreement in the Face of a 30 Year Sentence
A client represented by The Chetson Firm was charged with 10 counts of felony use of counterfeit trademark goods, as well as multiple counts of various gun charges with a total exposure of more than 30 years in prison. After negotiations with the District Attorney, including discussion of the client’s background, the non-violence of his conduct, and his other good character traits, Mr. Chetson arrived at a plea agreement involving less than two years in prison, an outstanding result giving the potential for more than 30 years behind bars.
Not Guilty for Robbery With A Dangerous Weapon Just in the Nick of Time
A client was charged with Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon (RWDW), a Class D felony, for allegedly robbing a convenience store in downtown Raleigh along with three other people. No one was caught the day of the robbery. Three weeks later, the client went into the same store to buy something. The shopkeeper, thinking he had identified one of the people who robbed him three weeks earlier, tackled the client and called police. He was held in custody for more than eight (8) months awaiting trial. Three days before trial, after meeting the client for the first time, Damon Chetson located alibi evidence that proved conclusively that he had not been one of the robbers, and that the shopkeeper had misidentified him. The jury returned a not-guilty verdict within 5 minutes of beginning deliberations.
Dismissal of Simple Assault Charges
A client and her spouse had an argument, resulting in charges against the client of simple assault, a class 2 misdemeanor. Damon Chetson negotiated an agreement with the State where the client completed anger management classes. As part of the agreement, the State agreed to dismiss the criminal charges. The client still has a spotless record.
Disclaimer: The listed cases do not represent the entire record of cases handled by The Chetson Firm. The outcome of a particular case cannot be guaranteed. Each case is different, and in other cases clients of The Chetson Firm have incurred criminal punishment and convictions. The cases discussed above cover the period from January, 2010 to present. All cases were prosecuted by attorneys for the State of North Carolina or United States Attorneys in the Eastern District of North Carolina.