After a DUI arrest, the best thing to do is to speak to an experienced lawyer right away in order to make sure that you understand what you are facing. Even first time DUI offenders can be sentenced to jail time, steep fines and fees, driver's license suspension, and more. The better informed that you are, the easier it is for you to make important decisions that will affect your future. One legal term that is used often when talking about legal outcomes is a plea bargain.
A plea deal or bargain occurs when the prosecution has doubts that they will easily win the case if it goes to trial. Instead, they offer you a sentence in exchange for you pleading guilty and skipping trial. Plea bargains are usually good for the offender for many reasons. They save time and uncertainty because you can skip the trial and you will know exactly what your sentence will be before you agree to anything. They also often include generous sentences that are much lighter than what you could expect from a judge if you were to be found guilty in court. It is important to have an attorney working with you if you want to get the best plea bargain possible. Prosecutors are more likely to offer a good plea deal if they see that you have a strong defense and an aggressive DUI lawyer. Your defense attorney can also work with the prosecutor to work out the best terms for you.
Plea deals are not something that you are entitled to however. A DUI lawyer from Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP can advise you how to plead not guilty and work with the prosecution to get you a good deal. If you are facing DUI charges in Southern California, call us right now for a free consultation.