If you are charged with DWI, a conviction can lead to significant personal, professional, and financial consequences—even if it is your first-time offense. For instance, a first-time DWI is punishable by a maximum jail sentence of 180 days, driver’s license suspension for up to a year, and fines of up to $2,000.
But with the help of an experienced criminal defense lawyer, it is possible to get your penalties reduced through plea bargaining. The Texas plea bargain process is one which enables a defendant to resolve their case without proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Essentially, a plea is a contractual agreement.
During the process, your attorney and the prosecutor negotiate to determine what charges you will plead to and what punishment you will accept. Not only will you and your attorney benefit from the reduced penalties, but it also saves the prosecution time and effort to prove guilt.
The following are the benefits of plea bargaining in Texas:
- Lesser charges
- Lower penalties
- Quicker resolution of your case
- Less time dealing with the stress and confusion of being in court
- Better outcome than what you may expect
However, you may still face consequences such as jail time, probation, fines, and other penalties. Your attorney can evaluate your case to determine whether or not a plea bargain is the right thing to do. The prosecution’s disposition, the evidence, the severity of the offense, your criminal history, and other factors can affect a plea agreement.
At Shane Phelps Law., our Bryan and College Station DWI attorney can look at your case and figure out your available legal options. We may determine that you have a strong case of fighting the charges and get them dismissed, or negotiations for a plea deal will result in the best results possible. Either way, we will make sure you get the most favorable outcome.
If you have been arrested for DWI, contact us and schedule a free consultation today.