A driving under the influence (DUI) conviction in Florida can have severe effects on your quality of life as the penalties are very harsh. If you receive a DUI conviction, you will likely lose your driver’s license, be forced to pay huge fines, and may even have to serve a period of jail time. Not only this, but you will have your criminal record marked, which can result in you struggling to find employment for the rest of your life.
With such harsh penalties for DUI, it is not surprising that some of the most common questions we receive here at The Ticket Lawyers in Florida are concerning whether we can help reduce a DUI charge to one of reckless driving. A criminal defense attorney at our law firm can help to reduce a DUI case to reckless driving, although it very much depends on your circumstances. We strive to get a DUI case reduced to either a dry or wet reckless charge. For a dry reckless conviction, you will receive two points on your driving record.
If you have been arrested for DUI and you are trying to get your case reduced, contact us today. A DUI defense attorney at The Ticket Lawyers will be able to give you all the legal advice and guidance that you may seek. Contact us today for a free consultation with a criminal defense lawyer. Call our team today at (855)-323-8488.
You can receive a reckless driving charge in Florida for operating a vehicle with “willful or wanton disregard of person or property.” This is clearly outlined in Florida Statute 316.192. A wet reckless driving charge is similar to a normal reckless driving charge, except it involves alcohol.
If you can get your DUI case reduced to a reckless driving charge, your reckless driving or wet reckless driving charge will still remain on your driving record for 75 years. This can be a lifetime for most motorists.
If you are concerned about your driving or criminal record, we recommend that you get in contact with a DUI defense attorney at The Ticket Lawyers. We have a wealth of experience in reducing and dismissing the convictions of driving offenses in Florida. A DUI attorney at our law firm can give you unbiased and honest advice on your best course of action, whether that be trying to get your DUI case dismissed or reduced to a dry or wet reckless driving conviction.
In Florida, a DUI defense attorney may be able to help you get your DUI or wet reckless driving charges removed from your records by either expunging or sealing them. For your case to be expunged, you must have been arrested for DUI or wet reckless driving, but not convicted. It is also vital that you seek the help of a skilled DUI defense lawyer, as the process of expungement is not easy.
The first step of the process is to file an application with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. This will involve you giving fingerprints, and the application must be signed in the presence of a notary.
If you can pass all of the eligibility tests, you will then need to file a petition in the exact jurisdiction where your reckless driving or DUI arrest occurred.
Your attorney will help you obtain all of the necessary forms you will need to complete before sending them to the State Attorney’s office. This must be completed within six months of you being classed as eligible for an expungement.
After all of the documents have been served, it will ultimately be down to a judge whether your request requires a hearing or not.
We have mentioned wet reckless charges before, but you may be wondering what one is. A wet reckless charge is simply the name given to a reckless driving charge that involves alcohol. It carries less severe penalties in comparison to a DUI charge. A dry charge is one that does not involve alcohol or drugs. You will most likely be able to get your charge reduced to a wet reckless charge if it is your first offense of DUI.
It is rare for repeat DUI offenders to have their charge reduced, but not impossible. Each individual case is unique, and if you think you may be eligible to have your charges reduced, you should speak to a defense lawyer immediately. A lawyer will be able to examine your case and give you advice on your best course of action.
A DUI conviction carries very severe penalties that can have long-lasting effects on a person’s life. The blemish on an offender’s record can make it difficult to find employment for the rest of their life.
By having a DUI charge reduced to a wet reckless, you will still be punished for your crime, but you will experience penalties that are not as harsh. Some of the penalties you may encounter if your charge is reduced are:
Getting a charge reduced to one of reckless driving is not easy. The prosecutor on your case will fight to ensure that you receive the maximum penalty available, as that is their job. You will have to fight to prove that you deserve lesser penalties. We strongly advise that you seek the help of a defense lawyer for the best chance of getting your charge reduced or dismissed.
You will need to be completely confident in your plea bargain. A lawyer will be able to help you with your plea bargain and create a strong case, proving that you are deserving of a charge reduction.
A defense lawyer at The Ticket Lawyers in Florida will not just ask to have your charge reduced. They will argue why it should be. Your lawyer will be able to challenge things such as the legality of your stop and arrest in an attempt to avoid you receiving the harshest possible penalties.
We understand how difficult it can following an arrest in Florida, and we would like to do all we can to ensure that you avoid receiving unreasonably harsh penalties. Everyone makes mistakes, and you shouldn’t be left suffering for the rest of your life because of a silly mistake you made.
We can offer you a free consultation with one of our skilled defense lawyers who will be able to examine your case and give you some free legal advice. They will be able to honestly recommend your best course of action without bias.
Our phone lines are always open, don’t hesitate to contact The Ticket Lawyers today. Call us at (855)-323-8488.
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