Reducing your DUI to reckless driving
Sometimes, a reckless driving charge can be viewed as a “win” for a defendant in a criminal case. A good example is if a DUI is downgraded to a reckless driving charge.
This still results in a criminal charge and similar potential penalties (both are misdemeanors for first-time convictions) but the likelihood of jail time is higher with a DUI and mandatory minimum penalties apply to DUI convictions for repeat offenders.
Also, unlike DUI, a reckless driving conviction doesn’t lead to an automatic driver’s license suspension for defendants over 21 years of age and insurance premiums may not increase as much. The defendant also avoids the risks and stress of a jury trial.
Reducing a DUI to a reckless driving charge may be possible if it is your first offense and nobody was greatly impacted by your actions. However, because you are saddled with a criminal conviction regardless, it may not be your best option.
You may still face probation, community service, and fines, as well as the longer-term impact on your future that comes with a criminal record.
Note, too, that if the additional points on a license for reckless driving bring the total points to 15 or higher, the license will still be suspended.
It is best to discuss your situation in detail with your criminal defense lawyer before deciding.
If you’re facing a criminal driving charge, speak to a defense lawyer from Michael Fulcher Law, LLC, who will outline your legal options and help reduce the impact on your future. Contact us online for a free consultation or call us at (706) 438-1555.