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Should I accept a plea deal for a DUI?

If you are currently facing a DUI charge in the Silver Spring area, you might be thinking about possible defense options you can use. One option that you might not realize you have is a plea deal. Because the courts are overrun with cases, there is a strong possibility the prosecutor may offer you a plea bargain. Before you accept it, you need to fully understand the ramifications.

Plea deals may seem like no-brainers. However, they require you to give up something in exchange for a lesser charge or shorter sentence. Here are a few things for you to consider before you accept a DUI plea deal.

What a plea deal involves

Plea deals are bargains you make with the prosecution. The prosecution determines the terms and condition of plea bargains before they offer them to defendants. Not all people who are in danger of conviction get plea bargains. There are many factors the prosecutor must look act besides their caseloads, such as any previous run-ins with the law, previous convictions and the current charges against you.

The potential benefits

A plea bargain is beneficial if it enables you to receive a conviction for a lesser offense that carries less severe penalties. For example, a plea bargain that changes a felony DUI charge to a misdemeanor or even better, reckless driving, can help you to avoid a trial by your peers and a stint in jail. It could even quite possibly help you avoid a DUI conviction altogether. Another example is that you still face the same level of criminal charge, but the plea deal could be for the lowest sentence possible.

Possible disadvantages

If there is a possibility of an acquittal in the trial, do not dismiss it immediately in favor of the offer from the prosecution. You must carefully weigh the pros and cons of going to trial against accepting a plea deal. Trials are unpredictable, and you may risk your freedom by accepting the deal. 

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