THE PLEA BARGAIN-VS.-TRIAL CHOICE

Posted on: May 11, 2015 by in DUI
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California Vehicle Codes 23152(a) and 23152(b)

Orange County DUI defense attorneyIf you’re charged with DUI in Orange County under California Vehicle Codes 23152(a) and 23152(b), exercise your right to remain silent, and immediately retain the services of an experienced Orange County DUI defense attorney. Your attorney will fully explain the charges against you and your defense options. You’ll have to make one major decision: Do you go to a trial and try to persuade the jurors to acquit you, or do you take a plea bargain or plea “deal” from the prosecuting attorney? It’s your decision alone, but you’ll need to decide carefully and consider the advice of your DUI attorney.

In almost every California DUI case, the prosecutor will offer the defendant a plea bargain. A plea bargain is an agreement to plead guilty or no contest to a lesser charge and to accept the penalty for that lesser charge. If you accept the plea bargain, you’ll be convicted for the lesser charge, and no trial will take place. If you reject the plea bargain, you’ll face a trial. If your case goes to trial and you win, your driver’s license will be returned and you’ll suffer no penalties. However, if you are found guilty of DUI by a jury, the sentence you receive will inevitably be harsher than the punishment you would have received by taking the plea bargain.

Don’t make the plea bargain-vs.-trial choice too quickly. First, consider fully the consequences of either choice for your family, your work, and your driving privilege. Be certain that your lawyer is told everything so that he or she can provide you with the best possible legal advice, and be certain to call your attorney as quickly as possible after any DUI arrest. After a DUI arrest in Orange County or elsewhere in southern California, arrange at once to speak with an experienced Orange County DUI defense attorney.

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