April 2018 King County District Court, Seattle Division Court Case
Mark W. Garka's Client was pulled over for speeding. He declined to do the Field Sobriety Tests (FST) and declined to give a sample of his breath; he was then arrested for a DUI. He had prior alcohol related charges but none of them were Driving Under the Influence (DUI). He spent 4 days in jail before he saw a Judge and was released. The State Prosecuting Attorney's offer was plead guilty as charged. This refusal DUI would carry with it 5 days in jail. The State would not negotiate a lesser charge. Mark W. Garka confirmed this case for trial. The State then reduced the charge to a Reckless Driving charge with 5 days in jail. Mark W. Garka and his Client refused the offer. Because of the lack of quality of evidence and the pressure of a trial, the State Prosecutor amended the DUI charge to a Negligent Driving charge and the Client did not have to serve any additional jail time.