Orange County, CA- After nearly seven months, singer Justin Bieber is one step closer to putting his DUI charges behind him as his attorneys are slated to agree to a plea bargain for his January
According to the Associated Press via ABC, Bieber agreed to plead guilty to one count of reckless driving and one count of evading arrest without violence. In exchange, the state will drop the DUI charge.
As part of the plea bargain, first reported by AP, Bieber will avoid jail and retain his driver’s license, but he will be required to attend private anger management classes and donate $50,000 to charity. He will also have to watch videos in which victims of drunk driving talk about how it has impacted their lives.
When someone is facing DUI or criminal charges, a plea bargain is their chance to mitigate some of the more severe consequences associated with a DUI conviction, which can include jail time and loss of driving privileges. Like Florida residents, where Bieber was arrested, charged and adjudicated, Californians facing a DUI charge can also secure a plea bargain, but doing so requires the assistance of California DUI attorney.
There are a number of benefits to agreeing to a plea bargain in your California DUI case. The most obvious reason is that a plea bargain gives the alleged offender a chance to avoid jail, and possibly keep their license. Another benefit is that the offender knows what their punishment will be before they ever plead guilty.
A “wet reckless” is the next lesser charge prosecutors typically accept. This charge has a reduced jail sentence, reduced fines and no mandatory suspension of your driver’s license. But a “wet reckless” charges still shows up on your criminal record. Wet refers to a drunken driving charge and can count against you if you are charged with another DUI within a ten-year period.
Another option for a reduced charge in your DUI case is a “dry reckless” charge, which has no mandatory jail requirement and reduced financial penalties. This charge will not show up as criminal or DUI charge, but it will give you points on your driver’s license. There is a risk of losing your license if you rack up too many points on your driver’s license, but the benefits of this plea far outweigh a DUI conviction.
There are instances in which a plea bargain is not the best option for a DUI offender. For example, if the prosecution doesn’t have enough evidence to convict you of a DUI, then you may fare better in court.
If you’ve been charged with DUI, it’s important you consult with an Orange County DUI attorney immediately. This will give your legal counsel the time they need to evaluate the circumstances of your case and determine which course of action you should take. Your attorney may decide a plea bargain is your best option and if not they are prepared to build a strong DUI defense on your behalf.