Unfortunately, mistakes happen all the time. Some mistakes, however, are costlier than others. When you indulge in drinking a little bit too much and make the mistake of driving while you are intoxicated, the consequences can be dire. Being charged with a DWI can affect many aspects of your life, especially if you intend to seek out future job opportunities and filling out applications for loans, apartments, or schools. A DWI can stain your record and make it difficult for you to effectively take advantage of certain opportunities. As you go through your DWI trial, you may be offered a plea bargain. Whether you should accept the plea bargain offer depends on the circumstances surrounding your DWI arrest. The best way to handle a DWI charge is to contact a DWI lawyer to help you decide if a plea bargain is right for you.
Will Accepting a Plea Bargain Clear My Charges Off My Criminal Record?
Accepting a plea bargain for a DWI may give you a sense that all your charges will be cleared off your record. It is a bit more complicated than that. If you accept a plea bargain deal for your DWI charge, you are essentially admitting guilt in return for a reduced charge. For example, your DWI charge may be reduced to a reckless driving charge. While the DWI charge will no longer appear on your record, the reckless driving charge may remain. However, if overwhelming evidence points to you being guilty of DWI, a plea bargain may be a good way to retain a sense of control for your future. DWI charges are largely more frowned upon than reckless driving charges. Talk with a DWI lawyer to see if a plea bargain is the best approach for your case.
What are the Downsides of a Plea Bargain?
While a plea bargain brings certain benefits depending on your circumstance, if there were procedural errors during your arrest or faulty equipment measuring your blood-alcohol content, you may have grounds to have your case dismissed and your charges dropped. Taking a plea bargain when it is possible to win your case outright can be detrimental to you. Talking with a DWI lawyer may help you clarify if a plea bargain is the best way to move forward.
Can a DWI Attorney Help Me Negotiate a Plea Bargain?
The Medlin Law Firm knows what goes into a DWI case and what avenues may be beneficial for you. With our team of criminal defense lawyers filled with years of experience, knowing when a plea bargain is right for you is in their nature. Reach out to The Medlin Law Firm as soon as possible so you can be guided through your legal process with experienced legal support.