Possible DUI Plea Options in California
If you are arrested for DUI in Orange County, CA there are many benefits of retaining an attorney for a DUI charge. One advantage is that they know the law and the legal process much more in depth than you. In today’s world the internet provides us with a wealth of information, some of it is accurate and some is not. When it comes to DUI defense it is always advantageous to hire an Orange County California DUI Lawyer.
If charged with a DUI in Orange County, ideally, your lawyer will be able to get it dismissed and all charges will be dropped. Or, perhaps you may be eligible for some alternative sentencing options or perhaps there are plea options that will make the charge not as harsh. Sometimes an attorney can get a DUI charge reduced to some lesser charge such as Reckless Driving-Alcohol Related, also referred to as Wet Reckless. A skilled, experienced and competent Orange County DUI Attorney can help decide if this option may work for you.
Newport Beach California DUI Lawyer David E. Swanson wants you to know that you do not have go through a drunken driving charge alone. It is not the end of the world but is to be taken seriously. Mr. Swanson understands that you may have made a one-time bad decision or suffered a lapse in judgment. He will do his best to convey to the judge and the prosecution the circumstances surrounding your arrest and the defenses that apply in your case. Please call his office at 949-477-3030.
California Reckless Driving-Alcohol Related Laws
Sometimes, DUI’s in California can be reduced from DUI to Reckless Driving Alcohol Related. This reduction of charges is possible if circumstances allow for it. Your plea being accepted is contingent upon several factors such as:
Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) level: the closer your BAC is to the legal limit of .08 the better your odds are of having a wet reckless plea accepted by the prosecution
Auto Accident: If there was an auto accident involved in your DUI, even if it was not your fault, there is minimal chance of having DUI reduced to Reckless Driving Alcohol Related.
Previous DUI Record: If you have no prior DUI’s that is very beneficial in having your plea accepted
Criminal Record/Criminal History: If you have a prior criminal record, or numerous traffic offenses it may become more difficult in having your plea accepted
Reckless Driving Alcohol Related Penalties in Orange County
If your DUI charge is reduced down to a Reckless Driving Alcohol Related the penalties differ slightly from DUI conviction penalties. If you have a prior DUI you may still be able to plead it down but the chances are greatly reduced, especially if the 2 arrests were close together.
A conviction for Reckless Driving-Alcohol Related carries with it the same consequences as a normal reckless driving conviction. The primary difference is that in a Reckless Driving Alcohol Related conviction you will have to successfully complete a state mandated and state approved alcohol education/treatment course. Aside from not having a DUI conviction on your driving or criminal record the biggest benefit of pleading down to Reckless Driving Alcohol Related is that your license will not be suspended or revoked as with a DUI. This alone can help to keep your life more manageable on several levels. On the down side, you can still lose your license if you are not successful in the administrative hearing. As well, a conviction for Alcohol Related Reckless Driving would count as a DUI offense for purposes of sentencing if you were again arrested for DUI.
Why Hire DUI Defense Attorney
Having your DUI charge reduced to an Alcohol Related Reckless Driving is not as easy as it sounds. It is typically something you cannot do on your own without the aid and expertise of an attorney. You can ask for it but the odds are substantially less without the expertise of a lawyer. A DUI conviction is a serious matter due to the heavy financial penalties along with the mandatory license suspension. Losing your driving privileges alone can turn your life upside down. Retaining a Newport Beach, CA DUI Defense Lawyer makes sense and will help you immensely.
Contact a Skilled Newport Beach DUI Attorney
Working with a Huntington Beach DUI Lawyer is very beneficial regarding your DUI case. They will plan a strategic and sound defense for you and they will make sure your rights are protected every step of the way. Call Orange County DUI Defense Attorney David E. Swanson at 949-477-3030. You can also email Mr. Swanson by clicking here. With many years serving those charged with DUI in Orange County he will aggressively protect for your rights while attempting to minimize the consequences of your drunk driving charges.
The Law Office of David E. Swanson handles all types of narcoitcs crime offenses throughout Orange County, California. This includes Fullerton, Anaheim, Anaheim Hills, Irvine, Santa Ana, Huntington Beach, Seal Beach, Bolsa Chica, Newport Beach, Corona Del Mar, Laguna Beach, Costa Mesa, Orange, Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo, and San Clemente..