After you or someone you care about has been charged with a DUI, it can be hard to know your next move. You can either plead guilty to the charge or take your chances by going to court. Pleading guilty may seem like giving up, but in the long run, it may save you a lot of time and money. While every case is different, there are some instances where pleading guilty will more likely than not help you.
When a Conviction Is Likely in A DUI Case
The best time to plead guilty in a DUI case is when a conviction is likely. This happens when the prosecution has certain evidence that will prove the defendant was driving impaired. Usually, this evidence is either:
1. The defendant took a blood or breath test and their BAC was over 0.08.
2. There is irrefutable evidence that you were drunk. This could include failing a field sobriety test or if the officer witnessed you driving erratically.
If you fall into either of these categories, then you may want to consider the option of pleading guilty.
What Are The Benefits of Pleading Guilty for a DUI?
When you plead guilty to your DUI case, you are often given a plea deal. There are many different types of pleas that can help lessen the punishment for your crimes. Sometimes you will be asked to plead guilty to a lesser crime or to plead guilty to one crime in exchange for another charge being dropped. Pleading guilty may also lead to a lowered sentences time and lessened fines.
Who Should Plead Guilty to a DUI?
The circumstances surrounding each DUI case are different, so it is hard to say who should or should not plead guilty without going in depth in the details of their case. However, as a general rule, people should plead guilty when the courts have a very strong case against them.
The key is to have an experienced, dedicated attorney by your side who can assist you. They will help you weigh the pros and cons of both pleading guilty and taking your case to trial. It is only then that you will really have a clean understanding of which option is best for you.
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At Laporte, Mulligan & Werner-Watkins Attorneys at Law, we will give you the legal advice you need. We will help you through every step of the way to make sure you make the right decisions for your case. Call our office today at 727-478-4125 or schedule an appointment online for a free consultation.