Thursday, January 23, 2003

The expensive way to get out of DWI's in Montana -- A true story

This is an OLD STORY - But all the e-mails really happened ... God bless the Montana court system:

The true e-mails sent back and forth of the Montana law system -- note the spelling mistakes by the DA and my lawyer.

MESSAGE 1 MY LAWYER
----- Original Message -----
From: MY LAWYER
To: DA
Sent: Wednesday, January 22, 2003 4:35 PM
Subject: Plea agreement in Bieber case


> Thane: When we last spoke I mistagenly told you that Mr. Bieber was a
student. Actually he graduated in June 2002 with a degree in Journalism.
He worked in Glacier Park the summer after he graduated from college. Mr.
Bieber has offered to send me a copy of his diploma if you would like
to see it. In a nutshell the problem a DUI will make for him will make for him relates to the
loss of transportation for his job. It will also make his insurance cost prohibitive whichin New yourk
now costs him $4,500.00 without an offense. I have attached a copy of a letter
he wrote which will explain his dilemma a little better than I can. I also have
attached a copy of his resume. What we request is a plea agreementr which will
allow him to plea to a reckless or a careless or whatever else you might want to consider.
Dan
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MESSAGE 2 THE DA

-----Original Message-----
From: DA
Sent: Thursday, January 23, 2003 7:11 AM
To: MY LAWYER
Subject: Re: Plea agreement in Bieber case


Dan,

In the interest of saving a soul I would agree to a reckless but I will
need a substantial donation to the drug fund. I am trying to raise money for
some sophisticated listening devices for drug buys.

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MESSAGE 3 MY LAWYER TO ME

Mr. Bieber: I am uncertain what a substantial amount is. I know the
fine for the offense ranges from $25.00 to $300.00 for a first offense. So
consider the fine when making the contribution. Be advise we could
negotiate for a lower fine in return for a higher contribution.
Dan Minnis

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MESSAGE 4 MY LAWYER

----- Original Message -----
From: MY LAWYER
To: DA
Sent: Thursday, January 23, 2003 11:57 AM
Subject: RE: State v Bieber


He claims to have paid the fines for speeding and driving in an
oncoming lane. I believe he bonded $400.00 with the Court. If we agreed to a
100.00 fine the rest could go to the drug fund.
Dan

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MESSAGE 5 THE DA
-----Original Message-----
From: DA
Sent: Thursday, January 23, 2003 11:21 AM
To:
MY LAWYER
Subject: Re: State v Bieber



Yes. What can he come up with?

Thane

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MESSAGE 6 THE DA
Dan,

If he is going to get this break he needs to bring at least $1000 of new
money to the table. The way I see it is the deal will be saving him
much
more than that in insurance costs.

Thane

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MESSAGE 7 MY LAWYER TO ME

From: MY LAWYER
To: ME
Subject: Plea agreement
Date: Fri, 24 Jan 2003 09:57:42 -0500

Mr. Bieber: My advice is to send as soon as possible a check for
$1,000.00 made out to the Glacier County attorney. I made an attempt
to plea this down to a careless, and the county attorney may have yanked the "reckless"
off the table. If you want this resolved as a reckless driving instead
of a DUI, it will cost $1,000.00 over whatever the fine is, and no
fine will be recommended. if there is a refund of the bond amount, it will be
returned to you. I cannot emphasize enought that the 1K is needed or we
will have to go to trial.