Can I get a first time DUI reduced to a lesser charge?


Can I get a first time DUI reduced to a lesser charge?


Any DUI is a serious charge that can result in jail time, heavy fines, loss of your license and a permanent criminal record. Because of the myriad of life-changing consequences associated with a DUI, many of those who are pulled over and arrested seek a first time dui reduction. Whether or not you will be able to plea bargain the charges down to a lesser offense depends on:

  • Your state law- some states have something called a 'wet reckless' that can you can be charged with when you make a plea bargain. This option is often used for those with a first time DUI who express true contrition and who seem to the prosecutor to be unlikely to re-offend
  • Any aggravating factors- if your BAC was way over the legal limit, if you were driving drunk while you had a child in the car or if you caused any type of accident, your chances of reducing your DUI charges to a lesser charge are much smaller

If you want to try to get your first time DUI charges reduced, you should speak with a lawyer as soon as possible after your arrest. Your lawyer can help you to negotiate with the prosecutor so you'll have the best chance of having the charges against you reduced.