DUI Case Plea Bargains in CA
Several factors can alter the severity of a DUI charge based on the context of the situation or if there is a criminal history. Oftentimes these cases find themselves in front of a judge and jury. If circumstances allow, a different approach may be taken to settle the charge without having to argue in court. A plea bargain may be offered by the prosecutor in exchange for an admission of guilt from the defendant. What’s the benefit of pleading guilty? A reduction in sentencing or the DUI charge itself is reduced. But there are aspects of both sides that need to be heavily considered and the defendant should consult their attorney. Thoroughly discuss how the decision will affect legal and personal matters.
A plea bargain is not a guaranteed option. It is offered by the prosecutor depending on the strength of the case and the defendant’s criminal history. Talk to your attorney to understand all your rights and options. If a plea bargain is offered, the defendant may receive lesser penalties or the DUI charge might be reduced to a “wet reckless” or “dry reckless” misdemeanor charge.
A wet reckless charge is not technically a drunk driving charge. It reduces it to reckless driving but the term “wet” indicates that there will be mention of the use of alcohol in their record. Not every outcome or plea bargain is the same, but most commonly, those with a wet reckless charge will spend less time in the county and may not have their license suspended. A dry charge reduces your charge down to reckless driving without the mention of alcohol in the record. Navigating through these options and knowing all the facts is crucial in order to make the right, informed decision. Discuss all questions and concerns before deciding on taking or leaving a plea bargain.