Law Office of Michael L. Fell
900 Roosevelt Irvine, CA 92620
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Find Out How You Could Avoid Going to Trial After Being Accused of a DUI Charge in CaliforniaBeing detained on suspicion of DUI is such a traumatic event. Many people who experience it assume that being arrested entails being found guilty. The truth is that many DUI cases never even make it to trial, and none of them end in a conviction. Negotiating a plea deal may often be your best course of action.

It all boils down to hiring a DUI defense lawyer with experience. When you hire Law Office of Michael L. Fell, we will examine your case first. We'll examine the available evidence, hear your side of the story, and provide you advice on your best course of action. There are several possible ways to avoid going to court. To schedule a consultation, call us at (949) 585-9055 after reading on to learn more about them.

There are numerous reasons not to go to trial

There is no doubt that a conviction carries severe consequences. If this is your first offense, you run the risk of receiving up to ten months of license suspension in addition to up to six months in jail and fines of up to $1,000.

The good news is that your lawyer might be able to assist you avoid these repercussions by negotiating the best plea agreement. You can receive a reduced charge and a favorable punishment if you agree to enter a guilty or, in some situations, no contest plea.

There are several lesser offenses you might be able to plead guilty to

There are various counts you can end up pleading guilty to if you accept a plea bargain. They consist of:

Intoxicated driving. A $1,000 fine and a sentence of up to three months in jail result from this. But for wet reckless driving, all the other fines and levies associated with a DUI are around half as much. For instance, an obligatory license suspension is not part of it.

Reckless driving. Wet reckless is comparable to this, although jail time is not a requirement. If you are arrested for a DUI again within the next ten years, it also won't be counted as a prior offense.

Speeding. The only cost for this is a fine.

Road infraction. We would aim for this since it represents the ideal plea agreement. DUI is downgraded to something like speeding or an unsafe lane change. If you attend traffic school, this can be struck from your record.

Naturally, the plea agreement to which you'll be entitled will depend on the particulars of your case. Calling Law Office of Michael L. Fell at (949) 585-9055 is the most reliable approach to learn more about your alternatives. Check out the outcomes of some of our prior cases if you want. Case after case will be resolved through plea agreements. This is why we advise against pleading guilty to a DUI charge right away. In any case, even if you failed a breathalyzer, consult a lawyer before pleading guilty.