YES, when our experienced DUI defense firm is retained to help our clients who were arrested for a DUI, it is our goal to have the DUI charge reduced to a lesser charge.
There are 3 common “plea bargains” that can occur in a DUI case.
A “wet reckless” is a lesser charge than a DUI. The fine is less, and it is better than a DUI, but it still acts as a “prior DUI” if you are arrested for a DUI in the future
A “dry reckless” is a lesser charge as well. This is a good result in a DUI case because it does not count as a DUI for purposes of your criminal record. In addition you normally do not have to attend an alcohol school and there is no loss of your driving privilege. In addition the fine is substantially less than the fine for a DUI conviction
“Moving violations” is probably the best plea bargain in a DUI case short of a dismissal. All charges are dismissed and you plead to one more moving violations. You have a small fine, you are not put on probation, you do not attend an alcohol school, you do not have a suspended license and it appears as only one point on your driving record.
All of these are possible results in a DUI case. However, there are many factors that pertain to a DUI that have nothing to do with your blood alcohol result. This includes “driving observation” by the officer, the results of your field sobriety test, what witnesses you may have to your driving and if any witnesses saw the field sobriety test, and scores of other factors.
It is impossible to make an intelligent decision in your DUI case as to what the best result could be until you meet with an experienced DUI defense firm.