Plea Bargain vs. Trial in DUI Cases

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In some DUI cases, the client could be offered a plea bargain. This will be a lesser charge for the offense, such as a “Reckless Driving” charge. Plea offers to Reckless Driving are not offered automatically. In order to secure a reduction in your charges, your case must be thoroughly investigated. The purpose of the investigation is to find substantive legal problems with your case. Once those problems are found your attorney will raise those issues in court in order to show the prosecutor that his case is compromised. If he agrees, he may then offer you a plea to Reckless Driving or he may completely dismiss the case altogether.

This plea bargain could be based on some flaw in the evidence against you that makes it questionable, a violation of your rights during the arrest, or other factor brought to the prosecutor's attention by the Forsyth County DUI defense lawyer representing you. At the Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson, the legal team has over 20 years experience focusing exclusively on DUI offenses and is very knowledgeable regarding what court challenges to present, in order to get an offer of a plea bargain or a dismissed charge. The decision about whether to take the plea bargain will be discussed with the attorney representing you and the decision is made together, based on the circumstances of the case. You have the right to choose to accept or reject any plea offer.

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The question regarding accepting a plea bargain is usually governed by the evidence and the needs of the client. When the defense case is strong, this could be the right time to go to trial. The prosecutor must prove that the client is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The legal team at the Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson have raised doubt about evidence in countless cases, whether with expert witnesses disputing the evidence, or in providing scientific evidence that proves that the evidence against you is flawed, or by cross-examining the law enforcement officer that made the arrest. In many cases, proceeding to trial is the optimum choice as a “not guilty” verdict is better than pleading guilty to a lesser charge. However, many clients like the certainty of a plea to a lesser charge rather than the risks associated with a trial.

Each case must be carefully analyzed to determine how to move forward and it is strongly advised that you contact the firm as quickly as possible after your arrest. Don't discuss the incident with law enforcement or any other person without first enlisting the assistance of a DUI defense lawyer from the Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson to advise you and protect your rights.

Contact a Forsyth County DUI lawyer from the firm today for a free initial case evaluation.

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