P. v. David C.

Forty-two-year-old college teacher pleaded guilty in mid-2013 to driving under the influence. As part of his plea, he was given the usual terms and conditions of a first time DUI, including three years of summary probation. One-and-a-half years later, his pregnant wife, a Japanese national, developed sever complications with her second pregnancy and must return to Japan in order to get the expensive pre-natal care for her and the couple’s unborn daughter. David, of course, wants to follow his wife and their two-year-old son to Japan, and applies for a teaching job. Only problem…the Japanese university is unimpressed with his DUI conviction and the fact he is still on probation. We filed a compelling petition, along with numerous declarations and documents supporting our position, with the court requesting both the early termination of probation and a dismissal of the DUI charge. And following a court hearing, we obtained everything we wanted and David is now living in Japan with his wife and kids. Yes, their baby girl was carried to term and she is healthy and beautiful.

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