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Can you reduce your DUI charge?

On Behalf of | Jun 4, 2024 | DUI Defense

It is natural to worry about a DUI charge. It may involve fines, license suspension or even jail time. But there might be a glimmer of hope as there may be a way to reduce your DUI charge.

Understanding eligibility for a reduced charge

Every DUI case is different. If you are a first-time offender, you may have a better shot at getting your charge reduced. These factors can influence the final decision:

  • The severity of the offense: A higher blood alcohol content (BAC) or an accident caused while driving under the influence will make it more challenging to reduce the charges.
  • Criminal history: A spotless record may play in your favor. Prior offenses, especially DUIs, might make it less likely that the judge will go easy on you.

Again, each case varies, and you may want to seek legal advice before anything else. They can analyze your case, identify potential weaknesses in the prosecutor’s case and negotiate with the other party on your behalf.

Steps to potentially reduce your charge

Do not wait around and hope for the best; take proactive steps to increase your chances of reducing your DUI charge. Remember to be honest and upfront, especially to your legal counsel. They can strategize a strong defense with complete transparency.

If there was no accident that caused serious injuries or death, you may consider enrolling in Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD). This pre-trial program allows eligible first-time offenders to complete probation, alcohol education classes and possibly, community service.

Remember, a DUI reduction is not guaranteed, but understanding your options and taking the necessary steps can significantly increase your chances of a more favorable outcome.

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