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Will My Driving Record Show A DUI Charge Reduced to Reckless Driving?

Posted Wednesday, January 10, 2018 by Lizanne Padula.

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The Washington Department of Licensing (DOL) maintains driving records for all licensed drivers in the state. A driving record is “a history of violations, convictions, collisions, and Department actions incurred by a driver over a period of time.” A copy of a driver’s record is referred to as an Abstract of Driving Record (ADR). A complete Abstract will include: convictions, violations, collisions, suspensions, revocations, and disqualifications, deferred prosecutions, and failures to appear.

Will My Driving Record Show A DUI Charge Reduced to Lesser Charges?

Yes, if you are convicted of or plead guilty to charges reduced from DUI charges, it will appear on your driving record.

Depending on the facts of your DUI arrest, it may be possible to get DUI charges against you reduced to lesser charges. Reduced charges for DUI can include Reckless Driving, or Negligent Driving, or Reckless Endangerment, or some other reduced charge. The truth is, most of the DUI cases we handle at Padula & Associates, LLC are reduced to lesser charges or dismissed entirely. You want to hire an experienced DUI defense attorney who has a track record of getting results for their clients.

Between the minimum penalties and the long-term consequences of having a DUI on your record, there is compelling reason to do everything possible to get DUI charges reduced to lesser charges. There are a number of ways to successfully get the charges reduced.

Will My License Be Suspended for a DUI Charge Reduced to Lesser Charges?Whether or not your license will be suspended depends on the charges you are ultimately convicted of or plea out to, the presence of prior convictions, and the severity of the incident.

Reduced charges will not affect an administrative suspension period resulting from your arrest. The Washington Department of Licensing will administratively suspend your license after a DUI arrest unless you request a hearing to contest the suspension within 20 days of the date you were arrested and the hearing examiner rules in your favor. An administrative suspension is different and separate from any criminal proceeding against you. An administration suspension will not be affected or reduced even if criminal charges against you are reduced or dropped.

Consult With an Experienced Washington DUI Defense Attorney

The penalties and punishments for a DUI conviction in Washington State are steep. If you’re facing DUI charges or have questions about the penalties you may be facing, please contact us here or call (425)883-3366 for a free consultation.

Understand that every DUI case is different. Our experienced DUI defense attorneys will be able to evaluate the evidence against you and pinpoint the weaknesses in the Prosecution’s case that can be leveraged in your defense. When you hire the skilled DUI defense attorneys at Padula & Associates, LLC, we will fight to prevent the interruption of your ability to drive.

Not every DUI can be beat, but we are able to eliminate or reduce most of them. Hiring an experienced DUI defense attorney can help you get the best possible outcome in your case.

Our attorneys have outstanding reputations. Lizanne Padula is a tireless negotiator and a tenacious litigator. Padula & Associates, LLC will fiercely advocate on your behalf. For more than 20 years we have proudly defended the rights of people in King County, Snohomish County, and Washington State.

Call us 24/7 at 425-883-3366 or fill out this simple web form to schedule a free consultation with an experienced DUI defense attorney.