It has become common in Georgia that even people who are charged with serious DUI offenses end up entering into plea agreements with the prosecution in exchange for lesser penalties. If you do enter the plea bargain process, it is helpful to remember some important pieces of advice and to obtain the assistance of an experienced DUI lawyer.
There are Multiple Types of Plea Deals
There are a number of ways in which plea deals are made. Frequently, these deals create an arrangement that satisfies the wishes of all involved parties.
For example, a person might plead guilty to a less serious offense than the one with which they are charged, agree to a sentence that does not involve a higher fine or dismiss one pending charge in exchange for pleading guilty to another offense.
Bad Plea Deal Strategies
There are several tactics that a person should avoid when entering into a plea deal. One of these is explaining your strategy for responding to a charge to the prosecution. If a deal ultimately is not reached, there is a risk that prosecution can use knowledge about your strategy against you.
Similarly, you should never admit guilt during the negotiation process with the prosecution. If you do acknowledge fault, there is a possibility that this admission can later be used against you in court.
Make Certain the Deal is Formalized
After reaching a verbal agreement with the prosecution, you will then appear before a judge where the prosecution will detail the agreement that you reached. While a judge is not legally required to accept a plea deal, most judges tend to accept them when reasonable.
If the judge offers a plea deal that is slightly changed from your initial agreement and now not agreeable, it is important to remember that you can deny this arrangement.
Speak with an Experienced DUI Attorney
If you or a loved one is charged with a DUI in Georgia, it can be confusing and overwhelming to decide how to respond to matters. In these situations, it is a wise idea to obtain the assistance of an experienced attorney.
At Yeargan & Kert LLC, we have helped numerous DUI defendants respond to their charges and make sure that their cases resolve in the best possible manner. Contact our law office today to schedule an initial free consultation.