Find Out About DUI Plea Bargains
By: Chris Kramer
In some DUI cases, it may not be possible to beat the charges. In these cases, the possibility of a plea deal or plea bargain may be the best case scenario. In a plea bargain, the defendant agrees to plead guilty to a lesser charge and in exchange is given a more lenient sentence and might have other related charges dismissed.
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Who is Offered Plea Deals?
Not all DUI defendants are offered plea deals. The prosecution may consider the following factors in making a decision as to whether to offer a plea deal:
- The seriousness of the alleged DUI charge
- If the charge is a first offense DUI
- The strength of the evidence in the case
- The likelihood of a guilty verdict at trial
Plea deals are often not freely offered in DUI cases; however, your local DUI attorney may be able to negotiate a deal with the prosecutor for you, since it helps reduce the burden on the already clogged court system. If you do not already have a lawyer and are offered a plea deal,consider contacting a DUI lawyer to review the deal before you accept it.
The Benefits of a Plea Deal
Even though a plea deal means that you will have to plead guilty to an offense, the benefits of reduced DUI penalties
might outweigh the negatives. By entering into a plea deal you may:
- Have reduced fines
- Accept a lesser charge and not have a DUI on your record
- Have reduced jail time
- Have driver's license suspension shortened
After a Plea Bargain
If you accept a DUI plea bargain, you may be able to later have the conviction expunged from your record. In some states, your DUI lawyer can apply for your conviction to be expunged, or erased, from your record after a period of time. State laws vary as to what types of crimes are eligible for expungement, so speak with your DUI lawyer to find out if this is a possibility in your case.
Get Help from a DUI Attorney
DUI lawyers can help you in arranging DUI plea bargains and having criminal records expunged. If you have been arrested for DUI, get in touch with a local DUI lawyer who can work with you on your case and determine if a plea bargain is in your best interest.
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The above summary of DUI plea bargains is by no means all-inclusive and is not legal advice. For the latest information on plea bargains, speak to a DUI attorney in your area.