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Joe Simpson

Cops Plea in DUI Case

11/16/2012 3:47 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Joe Simpson decided to fold like a cheap, stylish suit in his DUI case by pleading no contest.

Joe's lawyer, Shawn Holley, snuck into an L.A. court Tuesday, days before the scheduled date to enter the plea.

Under the deal, Joe will NOT go to jail, but he'll be placed on 3 years probation.  Jessica's dad will also be fined and he must attend an alcohol education class.

We broke the story ... Jessica's pop was popped in Sherman Oaks, CA back in August after driving erratically.  He bombed on the breathalyzer test and was taken to the pokey.

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bring back recent posts    

wow,,,GONNA B HARD FOR HIM!!!!!!!!!

642 days ago
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TNT    

He's definitely gay. Just like Bieber.

642 days ago
18.

Reg    

Gay Lurch lives on to fight another day.

642 days ago
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Happy    

His poor kids and grandkids. Looks like he's been hitting the hooch for a while or some kind of drugs.

642 days ago
20.

mzkanga    

He look like a damn llama with sunglasses! SMDH!

642 days ago
21.

Jim    

Still gay.

642 days ago
22.

JLB    

Ahhhh...that explains the outfit.

642 days ago
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LCS27    

I thought he would like to go to jail. He could have sex with men and pretend he was forced to and didn't like.

642 days ago
24.

gossiploveR    

Looks like a druggie. What happened??? Omg!!!!

642 days ago
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gossiploveR    

Hide under a bridge lately??? Lol

642 days ago
26.

Pogue    

Gayer than remembering the 2nd girl you slept with

641 days ago
27.

BIRI    

what's with the hair? His soon to be exwife should be jumping for joy she doesn't have to wake up next to that any longer

641 days ago
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Svielma    

Sad what $ does to u...from preacher to drunk butt pirate..smh

641 days ago
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Nachosmom    

Gross....a drunk with really bad hair.

641 days ago
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Miller Cerasuolo    

There are several factors involved in deciding whether to take a case to trial or try to reach an agreement with the Commonwealth’s Attorney or prosecutor. The first and foremost is whether there is a defense to the charge. With a DUI charge, some of the more common defenses revolve around the commonwealth’s evidence of intoxication whether through field sobriety tests, breath tests, or blood tests. Furthermore, after the Supreme Court decision in Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts, 129 S.Ct. 2527 (2009), it is now required that the technician giving the blood or breath test be available to testify in court. An experienced attorney can use this requirement to question the technician about possible deviations from the required procedures which can open the door for a possible reduction or even acquittal.
Another factor would be what the defendant is hoping to accomplish through representation. Clients are often trying to avoid any time in jail which can sometimes be accomplished through a plea agreement with the prosecutor. It seems likely that is exactly what Mr. Simpson was hoping to accomplish through his plea agreement.
On the other hand, if the prosecutor is unwilling to reach an acceptable agreement a trial can often result in a more favorable outcome. In these situations, it can be very beneficial to retain an attorney who is familiar with the judge. Trial may be a more advisable option if the judge’s sentence is likely to be less severe than what the prosecutor is offering.

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