Getting A DUI Reduced In California
There are countless traffic laws that were put in place to ensure the safety of everyone on the road. Drivers who violate traffic laws are often issued traffic citations, but in some cases, the driver will face criminal charges instead.
If you have been charged with reckless driving, seek legal representation from the attorneys at The Law Offices of Todd Landgren at once.
We Represent Clients Charged With Reckless Driving
Reckless driving is the act of driving without regard to the safety or well-being of others. If the driver does not injure or kill anyone, the crime is a misdemeanor. A misdemeanor reckless driving conviction can result in up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. However, if someone is harmed as a result of the reckless driving, the crime can be charged as either a felony or misdemeanor.
It is up to the prosecutor to decide if the defendant should face felony or misdemeanor reckless driving charges. Felony reckless driving charges carry serious penalties, including up to three years in jail and fines of up to $10,000.
Can A Lawyer Get DUI Charges Reduced to Reckless Driving Charges?
It is sometimes possible for an attorney representing a DUI defendant to negotiate a plea deal with the prosecution. The terms of this plea deal often include the prosecution agreeing to reduce the defendant’s charges to reckless driving in exchange for the defendant’s guilty plea. This arrangement is either referred to as a wet reckless or dry reckless.
There are several differences between wet reckless and dry reckless plea bargains. The defendant is agreeing to plead guilty to reckless driving in both types of plea deals. However, the difference is that the defendant’s record will show that drugs or alcohol were involved if he or she accepts a wet reckless. This notation will not appear on the defendant’s record if he or she accepts a dry reckless deal instead.
A wet reckless can also affect you if you are a repeat DUI offender. People with three or more DUI-related convictions on their record will face felony charges if they are accused of DUI for the fourth time. A wet reckless counts as one of these convictions, but a dry reckless does not. This means having a wet reckless on your record could bring you one step closer to being charged with felony DUI in the future.
Plea bargains involving wet reckless or dry reckless must be carefully evaluated on a case by case basis. While the penalties for reckless driving are typically less serious than the penalties for DUI, the benefit of the bargain may be nominal for some defendants.
If the prosecution has built a strong case, an attorney may advise a DUI defendant to accept a plea deal instead of taking their chances at trial. But, it is important to note that no DUI or reckless driving defendant should accept a plea deal without speaking to a criminal defense attorney first.
Have you been charged with reckless driving? If so, contact the Law Offices of Todd Landgren to speak to a member of our legal team today. To schedule a free consultation, call 949-752-1122 or fill out the form on our website.
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