Judge bars state from reinstating DUI charge against Alton man - KMOV.com

Judge bars state from reinstating DUI charge against Alton man

EDWARDSVILLE - A judge has dismissed the state's attempt to reinstate a driving under the influence charge against Franklin "Mitch" Durr of Alton on the basis that a previous mistaken plea agreement remains enforceable.

Associate Judge James Hackett of Madison County has ruled that prosecutors' motion to vacate the plea deal would amount to double jeopardy, which is precluded under the U.S. Constitution.

Durr was charged with driving under the influence as a result of an April 22, 2008, incident in Alton. He pleaded guilty in Madison County Circuit Court to a charge of improper registration and paid a $1,000 fine in exchange for a prosecution agreement to drop the DUI charge.

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