The defendant had already pled guilty to OUI 2nd offense in Boston and had his license suspended for five years. Foolishly, he drove before the suspension expired and was arrested and charged in Somerville with operating after suspension for OUI. This charge carries a mandatory jail sentence of 60 days. This was further complicated because he was still on Probation in Boston and could be sent to jail by that Court merely for getting arrested again.
I first represented him while he was being held in jail at Somerville. I went sidebar and informed the judge that he was suffering from AIDS and complications and took 2-3 dozen medications per day. In other words, incarceration would likely kill him. The Judge convinced the DA to reduce the charge to mere Operating after Suspension and he received only a fine and was immediately released from jail and into my custody.
Then I represented him at his Probation Violation Hearings in Boston and managed to avoid the jail sentence from being imposed there as well.