Were you offered a plea bargain after an arrest for driving under the influence (DUI) in California? In this situation, you may wonder about the purpose of a plea bargain. These deals are designed to end your criminal case. They require you to plead no contest to a lesser charge and they could reduce the penalties you’re facing.
Plea bargains resolve many DUI cases in California. Find out more about how these deals work right here. Take time to consider some other ways to handle DUI charges with this article.
Understanding Plea Bargains in the Court System
It’s important that you understand that most DUI charges in California don’t go to court. Instead, many of these charges are resolved with plea bargains. Plea bargains are deals specifically offered by the prosecution. Plea bargains have two major purposes. They allow:
The Prosecution to Secure a Conviction
You agree to plead no contest in order to accept a plea bargain. This means that you are accepting a conviction for a criminal act. The prosecution gets to close out their case in this situation, without going all the way to court.
You to Reduce the Penalties You Face
Plea bargains also provide you with reduced penalties in many cases. Plea bargains may reduce the fines you face and your jail time. In some cases, they could do away with jail time altogether and require you to stay on probation after a DUI arrest.
DUI Charges and “Wet” Reckless Plea Bargains
“Wet” reckless charges are commonly used for DUI plea bargains in California. In fact, wet reckless charges are specifically designed for use with DUI offenses. They are not stand-alone charges. You are facing a wet reckless plea deal if the prosecution offers you charges under Vehicle Code Section 23103.5.
Wet reckless charges could result in up to 90 days of jail time in California. A DUI conviction could lead to six months of jail time. Wet reckless charges could also lead to reduced fines. Additionally, you may not need to install an ignition interlock device (IID) if you accept a wet reckless plea bargain.
However, wet reckless charges are priorable. Priorable charges count against you if you face subsequent DUI charges in California. Wet reckless charges could remain on your driving record for years, increasing the penalties you face for additional DUI offenses.
“Dry” Reckless Plea Bargains and DUIs in California
A lawyer will help you get a “dry” reckless plea bargain in California. Dry reckless charges are not considered priorable. This makes dry reckless deals preferable to wet reckless plea bargains in many cases.
However, dry reckless charges are still criminal offenses. You may also hear dry reckless charges called “reckless driving.” A plea bargain for reckless driving could still result in fines and jail time. However, it’s more likely that you’ll face time on probation for a plea bargain.
A lawyer will review any plea bargain offered by the prosecution and will work to get you a more favorable plea bargain after your arrest. You do not have to accept the first deal you are offered. Get help assessing your situation by calling (310) 997-4688 to speak with a member of a legal team.
Build a DUI Defense in California
A DUI lawyer in California will advise you against a plea bargain in some situations. He or she will work, instead, to build your defense for court. A lawyer will take steps to demonstrate that:
- You were not impaired by alcohol when you were operating your vehicle
- You were stopped by a police officer without reasonable cause
- You were given improperly administered blood alcohol content (BAC) tests
Building a defense will allow a lawyer to support you in court and work to show you were not guilty of a DUI. Your lawyer will also focus on getting your charges dismissed. You could avoid DUI penalties if your charges are dismissed. Get information about all of your legal options with a DUI law firm.
Talk to a Lawyer About the Purpose of a Plea Bargain
So, what is the purpose of plea bargains? These deals work to secure a conviction for the prosecution while helping you lessen the penalties for a criminal charge. Discuss the pros and cons of a plea bargain with the Simmrin Law Group. Allow us to investigate your case right now. Just complete our online contact form or call (310) 997-4688.
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