It is common for prosecutors to approach the defendants in a DUI/DWAI case with plea bargains, an agreement to plead one way or the other (usually to plead guilty) on a charge in exchange for certain concessions. If you are facing a DUI or DWAI charge, you might feel tempted to jump at a plea bargain, but before you do, it is best to be informed. Here are some tidbits of information that you might find useful should you be charged with an alcohol or drug-related driving offense.
Plea Bargain Breakdown
1. There is more than one type of plea bargain. The one you are probably familiar with is pleading guilty for a lesser charge. Plea bargains can also entail pleading guilty to a less serious charge, such as pleading guilty to DWAI instead of DUI, in exchange for a lesser sentence. You might plead guilty to one charge in order to have another dismissed, or agree to a sentence that does not involve jail time, high fines or license revocation.
2. Plea bargains are a compromise. The stronger the case is against you, the more you will likely have to give up. A drunk driving attorney can help you balance your own needs against the prosecution’s charges.
3. You can make a plea bargain anywhere, any time. You can even do it over the phone, though you still must go to a judge to have your plea approved.
4. Never admit guilt before a plea is formalized. In fact, that word should never leave your lips.
5. On the day of your trial, you might be approached with a generous plea bargain. Do not accept until the arresting officer arrives. If the officer does not show up, you have a chance of having charges dismissed.
There are dozens of other considerations you should think of before going forward with a plea deal. In all aspects of plea bargaining, it is wise to have the legal advice of a dedicated DUI attorney.
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