DWI Plea Bargain
In a driving while intoxicated (DWI) case, one of the most important decisions you may face is whether to accept a DWI plea bargain or go to trial. If you are facing this decision, it is in your best interest to hire an experienced DWI defense attorney. Your attorney can help you weigh the pros and cons of each and determine the best decision for your case.
If your attorney decides that you have a relatively slim chance of winning a jury trial, choosing the plea deal may be your best option. In some cases, you may be able to plead guilty or no contest with negotiated consequences. If your DWI is a felony offense, the prosecution may offer to reduce it to a misdemeanor. Your defense attorney will then negotiate the penalties with the prosecution in order to come up with a punishment that is the least disruptive to your life.
The prosecution may offer to reduce your charges to reckless driving. There are two forms of reckless driving charges: wet reckless and dry reckless. In a wet reckless case, your license won’t be restricted and you will not be ordered to attend alcohol education classes. However, if you are arrested for DWI in the future, the wet reckless charge will be counted as a prior offense. Insurance companies also consider a wet reckless charge to be the same as a DWI, which means that your insurance rates will go up.
A dry reckless charge is the most desirable, as it generally only requires a fine and probation--although alcohol education classes may be ordered. In addition, should you be arrested for drunk driving in the future, a dry reckless charge does not count as a prior offense.
In some cases, the prosecution may reduce the DWI to a traffic infraction charge, such as speeding. This is the best case scenario, as you would only have to pay a fine and attend traffic school in order to have the citation removed from your record.
Contact an experienced DWI defense lawyer today to determine whether a DWI plea bargain is right for you.