You need to file an appeal letter to protect your license, and you need to hire an attorney who is familiar with the Atlanta court. It sounds like you were not dealing with a DUI task force officer since he only have you 2 field sobriety tests. If you have court tomorrow morning, or afternoon, just tell the judge to reset your case so you can speak to an attorney. Please feel free to contact me as my firm is made up entirely of former Atlanta DUI prosecutors. I'll be happy to tell you all about Atlanta.
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Reckless is always the goal, but it's not something that's just given away freely by prosecutors. You need an attorney to fight for you and try to get a reckless driving offer in the first place.
Your next step is to hire a lawyer. The prosecutor isn't going to just offer you a reduction in charges out of nowhere. You need a good attorney to work something like that out for you.
Any plea (even to an amended charge of reckless driving) could be the basis for the revocation of your probation. You need to coordinate the defense of your DUI with the possible probation revocation. Be very careful with this. Obviously, your driver's license won't be doing you much good if you are in prison on the revocation.
The State can still revoke your probation, even for a plea to reckless driving. It really depends on what jurisdiction you are in. You need a lawyer to fight the DUI and to fight the probation revocation. DUI law is very complicated, and the sooner you get a lawyer, the sooner you can protect your rights.
You can't get a prosecutor to allow a plea to reckless driving until you hire an attorney who can show to the prosecutor that the original charge of DUI has flaws. A good DUI attorney can look at the video of the arrest (most police cars have video capability) and argue to the prosecutor that the DUI charge should be reduced to reckless driving for legal reasons. The prosecutor is not going to reduce a DUI charge without a good legal reason.
You have several issues that need to be addressed. First, you will need to file a request for a hearing to protect your drivers license from an Administrative License Suspension. You can do this yourself, but having an experienced DUI defense attorney representing you and filing the paperwork is a better idea. Second, the DUI charge and even a reduced charge of Reckless Driving is still grounds for a revocation of your probation. Because you are on felony probation you are in a bad position. Being represented by an experienced DUI/Criminal defense attorney would be a wise investment in your situation. In effect you are facing going to jail, not only on the DUI charge, but also the very real possibility of having you probation revoked! Third, there is little chance that a prosecutor will just offer you a Reckless without you being represented by an experienced attorney that can show the prosecutor the problems with the cities case. All of this leads up to your question, "What is my next step?" You need to consult with and retain an experienced DUI/Criminal Defense Attorney - ASAP! Meet with as many as you like and then pick the attorney that you feel will do the best job for you and that you feel comfortable with. Price should not be the determining factor. Like I always say,"Good is seldom cheap and cheap is seldom good!" I hope this information is helpful to you.
Good Luck!!! George McCranie www.mccranielawfirm.com
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