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I’ve been charged with DUI. Should I consider a plea deal?

On Behalf of | Jan 29, 2023 | Criminal Defense |

If you are charged and convicted of drunk driving in California, you will face a range of legal and personal consequences. Fortunately, you can avoid the repercussions that come with a guilty verdict by working out a plea deal with the prosecution.

A plea deal is an arrangement where you get to plead guilty to a lesser crime in exchange for lenient sentencing. So, yes, you can enter a plea deal with the prosecution following the DUI charge. However, the decision to do so entirely depends on the circumstances of your DUI case.

So how can a plea deal reduce your DUI?

A plea deal can reduce your DUI charge and, thus, save you the inconvenience of having to go through the trial. It can also help you avoid severe penalties. Here are some of the ways your DUI charge can be reduced through a plea deal:

DUI to traffic infraction – the prosecution is less likely to reduce your DUI charge to a mere traffic infraction unless they are certain that they will not get a conviction. This is because a traffic infraction is not considered a criminal offense. 

From DUI to violating “Open Container” law – According to California’s “Open Container” law, it is against the law to have any open alcohol container (bottles, cans, cups or glasses) in your vehicle even if you are not consuming it. This too is an infraction that can lead to a fine of up to $100. Now, this is a favorable punishment in comparison to what you would get were you to be convicted of DUI.

Protecting your rights

A plea deal can offer great relief when facing DUI charges in California. Find out how you can safeguard your rights and interests when charged with drunk driving.