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Reducing DUI Charges in Tampa

In some states, it is not possible to get a plea bargain, where a prosecutor agrees to lower the charge in exchange for the defendant pleading guilty to that charge and accepting the lower penalties. Fortunately, in Florida, plea bargains are possible.

Sometimes, a prosecutor can be open to reducing a DUI charge to a charge of reckless driving, or a wet reckless charge, but often this is only if the defendant is ready to plead guilty to that lesser charge. When is this plea deal possible?

A reduced DUI charge is possible in circumstances such as:

  • Your blood alcohol content (BAC) was close to the limit of 0.08
  • An accident was not involved in your charge
  • This is your first DUI charge

It is important to note, however, that if there are any subsequent DUI charges, a reckless driving conviction might count against you as a prior DUI conviction. If this is your only DUI-related charge, however, then avoiding the DUI on your record could help you well into the future.

What are the possible penalties for a reduced charge? They might include:

  • A maximum of 90 days' jail, compared to one year in jail for a DUI
  • A fine between $25 to $500, compared to $250 to $1,000 for a DUI

Additionally, you could avoid penalties such as driver's license suspension, DUI school, community service, an ignition interlock device, and more.

Is a plea deal possible in your case? Should you fight to overcome the charge, or accept the plea bargain? These and other weighty matters are best handled with the help of an experienced legal professional. Our Tampa DUI lawyers have a proven track record of reducing or beating DUI charges. If find yourself facing a DUI charge, do not hesitate to contact Thomas & Paulk, P.A. immediately.

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