If you have been charged with
DUI in Georgia, your case could be resolved through a plea bargain before it even goes
to trial. A plea bargain means that you agree to a lesser charge and the
penalties for this charge will be agreed upon by your DUI defense attorney
and the prosecution.
For first-time DUI offenses, there is a good chance a reckless driving
plea bargain can be arranged. While a reckless driving conviction will
result in points on the driver's license and other consequences, the
penalties are much less severe than those imposed for DUI. Depending on the circumstances involved in your case, the Atlanta DUI lawyers
at Thomas & Willis, LLC may be able to get your charges reduced to
reckless driving, open container, or public intoxication.
When a Plea Bargain May Be an Option
A first time DUI offense in Georgia carries such penalties as a maximum
sentence of 1 year in county jail, a fine of up to $1,000, and a 1 year
license suspension. The driver will often have to participate in a driver
education or substance abuse program before they are able to get their
license back as well.
The state of Georgia allows prosecutors to reduce drunk driving charges
with a plea bargain if it can be shown that there was some kind of legal
problem with your DUI case.
In order to reduce your DUI charges, your defense attorney must be able
to show that:
- Police procedure was performed incorrectly
- No Miranda Rights were read during the arrest
- There was no legitimate reason to stop the car
- A breath or blood test was administered improperly
The Thomas & Willis, LLC can work with you to evaluate the details
of your case and determine whether or not a plea bargain is in your best
interest. If so, you must have the
assistance of a DUI defense attorney to
negotiate a plea bargain.
We offer a
free initial consultation to those who would like to learn more about their options to fight DUI
charges in Atlanta. To learn if a plea bargain could benefit your DUI
case, give our experienced team at the Thomas & Willis, LLC a call today!