Reducing a DUI to Reckless Driving in Utah
Driving under the influence (DUI) is considered a serious criminal offense in Utah, punishable by jail time, fines, home confinement, and much more. However, some individuals charged with drunk driving may be eligible to reduce their DUI charge in exchange for pleading guilty to reckless driving. If you are currently facing a drunk-driving offense in Utah, you should first speak with a qualified defense lawyer to learn whether reducing your charge to reckless driving or taking your DUI to trial is in your best interest.
Reducing a DUI to Reckless Driving
Getting your DUI reduced to reckless driving may be an option if this is your first offense or the prosecution does not have enough evidence for a drunk-driving conviction. If your attorney believes that reducing your charge to a non-DUI disposition is appropriate for your situation, he or she can negotiate a plea bargain with the prosecution at any stage during the legal process.
Advantages of a Reckless Driving Plea Bargain
While you still have to plead guilty to a criminal offense if your DUI is reduced to reckless driving, you do get to avoid the serious penalties associated with a drunk-driving conviction. With a reckless driving charge, you will pay lower fines and can also reduce a driver's license suspension--allowing you to maintain your routine schedule.
Individuals with a reckless driving offense on their records can also avoid the stigma associated with drunk driving. While some employers may look down on job applicants with a DUI on their criminal record, this is often not the case with reckless driving.
In addition to avoiding many of the consequences associated with a DUI, you can also avoid the time and expense associated with going to trial. Some people just want to quickly resolve their case, and--by negotiating a plea bargain--you can quickly put your legal matters behind you.
Hire a Defense Attorney for Help
The key to negotiating a plea bargain is to have an attorney on your side who is experienced with reducing a DUI to a lesser offense. We have helped many clients who wished to avoid a DUI conviction reduce their charges.