Like with anything in life, you're naturally uncertain about the potential outcomes of situations when involving others to fight on your behalf. I'm a firm believer in standing alone because I've been programmed to believe nobody can fight for me better than me. In this case, I was clearly wrong.
I received Mr. Fitzpatrick's information from a bail bondsman and she gave her monumental stamp of approval of his attentional to detail in addition to his relentless pursuit for the best possible outcome. I've always been bred to believe that I'm the first and last line of defense for all issues that occur in my life. Mr. Fitzpatrick made me feel that I wasn't alone in my situation and would stand with me in the midst of my terrible circumstances at that time.
Originally, I received 5 charges (Speeding, Disorderly Conduct, Failure to Maintain Lane, Improper Turn, and DUI) and they decided to "make a deal." The offer was to drop all other charges if I accepted the DUI. Due to my occupation and other affiliations, the DUI was a no-go for me. I respectfully declined the deal and a sixth charge was added (Assault on a Police Officer) and the Disorderly Conduct was raised to Obstruction of Justice. Once Mr. Fitzpatrick informed me of this, he stated "if you wanna fight, I'm going down swinging with you!" Another deal was offered after further complicating the situation. They offered to yet again drop all other charges if I plead guilty to the DUI. Yet again, I respectfully declined and prepared my mind for the fight.
In the prep for the jury trial, Mr. Fitzpatrick displayed some strong tactics in the realm of cross-examination and critical thinking which made me breathe easier. In addition to that, Mr. Fitzpatrick has obviously has made some great connections while working in his field to obtain certain pieces of evidence that wasn't provided by the arresting officer. Had these facts not been procured, things could have gone another way.
The evidence in my case didn't exactly weigh in my favor due to chosen perception of the public brain trust as well as the arresting officer's willful omission to sell his own narrative. Naturally, this is a tactic used to strengthen the officer's stance. Once Mr. Fitzpatrick conveyed to the officer (before the jury selection) that certain portions of his report were quite contradictory in comparison to new findings, the officer proceeded to make a realistic deal. Reckless Driving and Disorderly Conduct.
As dismal as things looked, Mr. Fitzpatrick maintain his cool, smooth demeanor and encouraged me to do the same. If I could ever find the bail bondsman that gave me Mr. Fitzpatrick's information, I'd give her a bear hug! Mr. Fitzpatrick is a noble gentleman, yet quite calculated and cunning (in positive manner) when necessary. He's great at what he does and GOD FORBID if this ever happens again.....I know who to reach out to. Job well done.