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Should I Accept A Plea Agreement In A Drunk Driving Case In Florida?


Intoxicated driving is unlawful in Florida. Under state law (Florida Statute § 316.193), even a first-time DUI offense could potentially result in jail time. This raises an important question: Does it make sense to accept a plea deal in a criminal intoxicated driving case? Within this article, our Orlando DUI defense attorney explains the key things to understand about taking a plea agreement in a drunk driving case in Florida.

A Plea Deal is an Agreement Between the Prosecutor and the Defendant 

Here is the key thing to know: In a drunk driving case, a plea deal is a negotiated agreement between the prosecutor and the defendant. The primary purpose of a plea deal is to avoid a lengthy trial and reach a mutually acceptable resolution to the case. Typically, the defendant agrees to plead guilty (or no contest) to a lesser charge or to the original charge with reduced penalties. In exchange, the prosecutor agrees to reduce the charges or recommend lighter penalties.  to drop or reduce some of the charges and recommend a lighter sentence. However, it is important to note  that a plea deal is not always the best option. There may be other alternatives available to achieve a more favorable outcome.

Every Case is Different: The Specific Details Always Matter 

When considering whether to accept a plea agreement in a drunk driving case, it is essential to remember that every case is different. The specific circumstances of your case, such as your blood alcohol content, your driving history, and the presence of aggravating factors, can significantly impact the potential outcomes and consequences of a plea deal.

For example, if the evidence against you is weak or flawed, it may be in your best interest to fight the charges in court. In some cases, the arresting officer may have violated your constitutional rights, or there may be issues with the breathalyzer results. In such scenarios, your chances of winning at trial or having the charges dismissed might be higher than the plea agreement offered. 

A Plea Agreement Should Negotiated and Reviewed By a DUI Defense Attorney 

Accepting a plea agreement in a drunk driving case is a significant decision. It will have long-lasting effects on your life. Before making a choice, it is imperative that you  consult with an experienced Orlando DUI defense attorney. A top Orlando drunk driving defense  lawyer can review the specifics of your case, evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the evidence, and provide guidance on whether a plea agreement is the right choice for your situation.

Beyond that, an Orlando DUI defense attorney can help negotiate a better plea deal on your behalf. They can work with the prosecutor to ensure that the agreement reflects the unique circumstances of your case and takes into account any mitigating factors. With a skilled attorney representing you, you have a better chance of securing a plea agreement that minimizes the impact on your life and future opportunities.

Call Our Orlando, FL DUI Defense Lawyer Today

At The Baez Law Firm, our Orlando drunk driving attorney is standing by, ready to fight for your rights. If you have any questions about plea agreements in an intoxicated driving case, our legal team is here to help. Contact us now for a fully confidential care review. We defend drivers against DUI charges in Orlando, Orange County, and throughout the region in Central Florida.

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