If you've recently been arrested for drunk driving in Orange County, California, surely, you’re wondering, “What are my options?” DUI convictions are reported on your criminal record indefinitely; they put you at risk for losing your license, they result in increased insurance premiums, and you run the risk of having your auto insurance canceled. So, they want to be avoided at all costs.
In the face of DUI charges, a DUI defense lawyer from the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. can investigate your case and if we cannot get your case dismissed outright, we can aggressively fight for a favorable plea bargain, which could mean lighter sentencing and penalties – a huge bonus we assure you.
How Plea Bargains Work
A plea bargain or plea deal, occurs when a defendant agrees to plead guilty in exchange for a lesser sentence or a reduced charge, such as a California wet reckless. For clients arrested for felony DUI, their case could be reduced to misdemeanor DUI. For clients arrested for first-time DUI, they could get a plea bargain to reduce their charge to wet reckless.
Some of the most common plea bargains in DUI cases:
- Wet Reckless: Sometimes DUI defendants are able to get their charges reduced to wet reckless. Essentially, this is reckless driving involving alcohol. The difference between this and DUI is that it excludes the .08 percent blood alcohol concentration (BAC) or higher requirement. Many defense attorneys seek this option because the penalties are far less severe than a DUI.
- Reckless Driving: This is a moving violation that, while it does cost points against your California driver's license, is not as severe as a DUI. This charge does not imply that any alcohol was involved.
- Another Moving Violation: Sometimes defense attorneys are able to get their clients’ DUI charges reduced to a minor moving violation such as speeding.
- Drunk in Public: Some may find this one confusing, since it does not correlate with a moving violation at all, but reducing a DUI to "drunk in public" is one way to signal that, although a DUI was charged, the accusation didn't stand up in court.
If you or someone you love has been arrested for a DUI in Orange County, and you would like to discuss your defense options, please contact us to meet with Attorney Landry, the “DUI Queen,” for a free case evaluation!