I was arrested with my first DUI. My arraingment is next week. However, I went ahead and took a 20 hr DUI risk reduction and had a clinical evaluation done. I am hoping to negotiate down to a reckless driving charge. Should I contact prosecutor office and let me know I completed these items in advance? or just wait until my arraingement?
Prosecutors don't offer a reduction to reckless unless they think they might lose at trial. Prosecutors know with 100% certainty that they will win over someone who chooses to represent themselves. If you want any chance of anything other than a DUI conviction, you need a lawyer - and you need them NOW. Please let me know if I can be of assistance. I would be happy to help.
M. Jason Rhoades
I seriously doubt you'll be able to negotiate a reckless plea without an attorney. And it is dangerous for you to talk to the prosecutor without an attorney because you may say things that will come back to hurt you. Regarding proof of completion of those conditions, you should have a certificate from DUI school and a written report from the clinical eval. Congrats on getting those done early, but do yourself a favor and hire a lawyer. What will you do if the prosecutor won't offer you a reckless plea? Without a lawyer, you will have no idea what defenses you have to fight this case. Feel free to contact me for a free consultation.
A DUI is a serious charge that probably requires hiring an attorney, especially considering that you are hoping to negotiate the charge to a reckless driving charge. Of course, showing the prosecutor that you are taking the case seriously and working on some of the conditions of a DUI sentence ahead of time could be beneficial if handled properly, but there are many pitfalls that may come with trying to represent yourself in a case such as this and if you decide to hire an attorney they will prefer to negotiate with the prosecutor on your behalf and present that documentation in the way best suited to your defense.
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You need to contact a local criminal defense attorney to help you out with this negotiation process
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I congratulate you on going ahead and taking a proactive approach in your DUI case. However, if you are SERIOUS about actually defending yourself on the DUI charge you should retain the most experienced and qualified DUI defense attorney that is available to you! Please take this advise: DO NOT TALK TO THE PROSECUTOR ABOUT YOUR CASE!!! I have seen Defendants really HURT THEIR OWN DEFENSE by talking to Prosecutors/Law Enforcement. Many times Defendant's statements COME BACK TO HAUNT THEM!!!! I hope you take this advise seriously. Good Luck!!! George McCranie IV
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