Getting caught drinking while you drive is an offense that will result in a trip to jail and many other consequences. Fortunately, if this is your first DUI offense, your lawyer might be able to help you get the charge reduced to a reckless driving charge. If so, here are three benefits you will reap from this.
Reckless driving is considered a lesser offense
The first thing to understand is that a reckless driving offense is almost always considered a lesser offense than a DUI charge, or any type of similar charge. In criminal law, crimes are divided into two main categories: felonies and misdemeanors. Felonies are more serious than misdemeanors, but each of these categories also has subcategories that are divided by their level of seriousness. In any case, a charge of reckless driving will always be considered a lesser offense than the charge of a DUI, and this is important for your criminal record, punishment, and future.
You will have an easier time keeping your driver's license
The second thing to realize is that it is very common for a person to lose his or her driving privileges after getting charged with a DUI. If you are hoping to keep your driving privileges, you will have a better chance of being able to do so if your lawyer can help you get the charge reduced from a DUI to reckless driving. Losing your privilege to drive can affect every part of your life, and this is one of the top reasons to plead your case with the help of a good lawyer, as the results could likely be better for you.
The other consequences are less severe
Additionally, if you compare all the consequences of a DUI to those of a reckless driving charge, you will see that the consequences of reckless driving are much less severe. Both charges could result in jail time, but there would be a shorter sentence for reckless driving compared to a DUI. Both charges may also result in other consequences, such as being required to take an alcohol course, attend counseling, or complete community service. The difference is that the punishments will be less for reckless driving than for a DUI.
If you are facing any type of driving charge and are interested in finding out what will happen and how you will fight it, talk to a DUI defense lawyer in your area.