Understanding Plea Bargains

Once you’ve been arrested and given a DUI or DWI charge, hiring a lawyer would be the best thing for you to do next. DWI lawyers review the defendant’s case, determining the best approach they need to take in order to have a successful result.

With the amount of accidents that involve the driver being under the influence of substances, laws have become more severe and punishing on the defendants. Especially for repeat offenders, it is important for them to consult with a lawyer in order to figure out the best approach to their case. A defendant has three options; fighting the charge, pleading guilty or reaching a deal.

DWI lawyers often say that fighting the charge can be a waste of time and money because of the fact that the prosecutors have the evidence to convict, such as the breathalyzer results and the notes from the officer. Also, pleading guilty to the charge may bring even harsher penalties upon you. Your third option of reaching an agreement on a plea bargain may be the best bet.

A plea bargain refers to the defendant reaching an agreement with the prosecutor that involves pleading guilty in return for some sort of benefit, whether it’s no jail time, a decreased fine, or shortened driver license suspension.

The key is to keep in mind that a plea bargain is coming to a compromise. The prosecutors do not have to make a deal with you, and while they would like to save their time and money that would go towards court expenses and other cases, there have been times where a prosecutor feels as though a plea bargain is out of the question. You cannot walk into a meeting with your DWI lawyer and a prosecutor with a competitive attitude; you have to have an open mind to deals, especially when you’re a repeat offender. Listen to what the prosecutor has to say and then take time to speak with your attorney and determine if taking the deal is in your best interest or not.

It’s extremely important for you not to ever admit your guilt while talking with the prosecutor about a deal. Doing so will result in harsher penalties and less of a compromise in the plea bargain. Avoid trusting the prosecutor when there isn’t a deal finalized and they say something along the lines of “This is off the record,” before they ask you a question about your charge because they can use whatever you say against you.

It is not very common for a person who has a DWI charge against them to not get approached by a prosecutor in order to make a deal. Remember that deals can be made at any time. You should speak with your DWI lawyer in order to determine if it is worth it and when the best time is for you to speak with the prosecutor and don’t make any decisions without the professional advice of your lawyer.

If you have recently been arrested for driving under the influence, whether it’s your first, second, or third offense, please contact The Wilder Law Firm today. Our team of experienced lawyers has the knowledge and expertise in order to successfully defend you with your case.