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DUI charges: To accept a plea agreement or not

On Behalf of | May 2, 2018 | DUI Charges |

We field many questions related to DUI charges at our law firm. Questions regarding a proposed plea agreement are usually near the top of the list. A good defense attorney will advise the defendant to look at the reason a prosecutor might offer a plea agreement.

Maybe the prosecutor strongly anticipates a guilty verdict. If that is the case, he or she may suggest a plea deal to reduce the strain on DUI courts and the prosecution’s caseload.

At the same time, it is worth the effort to look at it from the other side. What if the prosecutor suggests a plea bargain because his or her case is weak? If you accept a deal, the prosecution wins even though it may have lost if the case went to trial.

As you can see, plea deals can be complicated. Defendants facing DUI charges in Oklahoma would benefit greatly from acquiring legal advice when considering such an agreement. When an attorney compares the strength of your defense against the strength of the prosecution’s evidence, you will be better equipped to make a decision that meets your needs.

There are many advantages associated with plea bargains. Examples include:

  • Reduced criminal charges
  • Faster resolution
  • Reduced penalties
  • Less expensive costs

As you might expect, there are disadvantages as well. Perhaps the most significant downside is losing the opportunity to mount a courtroom defense. This is particularly significant if you are innocent of the DUI charges or if you believe your arrest was unlawful.

Please review our website further if you wish to learn more about DUI charges and the consequences of a conviction.