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When to Settle a DUI Case vs. Going to Trial

When to Settle a DUI Case vs. Going to Trial.jpgDeciding whether to settle your DUI case or go to trial can be challenging. As an Ann Arbor DUI attorney, my clients have the final decision to settle a case or go to trial. I encourage all of my clients to ask questions to make sure they understand the legal advice I provide prior to making a decision. Read on to learn more about when you should settle a DUI case or go to trial.

DUI Case Settlement Plea Bargain

My clients are often afforded the opportunity to accept or reject a plea deal. If you retain me as your defense attorney, I will do the following:

  • Discuss your goals and possible legal options with you
  • Relay and discuss your desired outcome with the prosecutor
  • Report and discuss the prosecutor's plea offer along with any options and potential consequences with you
  • Give you a recommendation and explain my reasons for the recommendation
  • Report your acceptance or rejection of a plea offer to the prosecutor and judge

I will advise you as to whether accepting or rejecting an offer will be in your best interest. I will discuss the likely consequences of acceptance or rejection of a particular offer. Attorneys are legally obligated to provide their clients with candid advice. The ultimate decision on how to proceed will be up to you. The majority of Washtenaw County DUI cases settle with a plea bargain. Settlement offers limit risk for both the prosecution and defense. If you decide to accept a plea deal, the terms and consequences of your deal will be dictated by state statute. For a first DUI, you can usually expect to be put on probation, have a substance abuse evaluation, and receive a driver's license suspension for up to one year depending on the final conviction.

In certain situations, as your attorney, I may not agree with your final choice. But, I will carry out your desired choice within the bounds of the law and legal ethics.

Ann Arbor DUI Trial

After our discussions about options and potential consequences, you may decide to go to trial. Occasionally, defendants are found not guilty at trial. Although I cannot accurately predict whether you will be convicted or found not guilty at trial, I have had enough trial experience where I can give you my opinion about the strength of the prosecution's case and whether or not you have a strong defense.

You may seek to forgo trial to avoid the risk of an uncertain outcome as well as increased punishment. Remember, as your attorney, I will not make the final decision to go to trial. Going to trial will be entirely up to you. I will do everything I can to make sure you can make an informed decision. Hire an Ann Arbor DUI trial attorney who will provide you with the quality information you need in deciding to go to trial or accept a plea deal.

Contact Ann Arbor DUI Attorney

I invite you to contact my law office to discuss your DUI case in detail. Depending on the nature of your case, it may be in your best interest to accept a plea bargain or go to trial. Call 734-274-6567 to speak with me directly.

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