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DUI Charges Reduced to Negligent or Reckless Driving - Seattle DUI Defense

Posted Friday, March 23, 2018 by Lizanne Padula.

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In Washington State there are mandatory minimum penalties for a DUI conviction, even for a first time offense. Considering 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. In fact, most of the DUI cases we handle at Padula & Associates, LLC are reduced to lesser charges or dismissed entirely.

DUI Charges Reduced to Negligent or Reckless Driving - Seattle DUI Defense

The majority of criminal charges are resolved prior to trial―often through plea bargaining. In a plea bargain the defendant enters into an agreement with the prosecution to plead guilty to some or all of the criminal charges filed against him or her in exchange for concessions from the prosecutor, such as reduced punishments. The advantages of accepting a plea agreement can be numerous, such as pleading to lesser charges and avoiding the uncertainties of trial. We strongly urge you to have an experienced DUI criminal defense attorney negotiate and review any plea agreement you’re considering.

Depending on various factors and the specifics of your case, a charge for DUI in Washington State may be reduced to reckless driving, negligent driving, reckless endangerment, or some other reduced charge.

Reckless Driving: “Any person who drives any vehicle in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving. Violation of the provisions of this section is a gross misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for up to three hundred sixty-four days and by a fine of not more than five thousand dollars.” RWC 46.61.500.

Negligent Driving―First Degree: “A person is guilty of negligent driving in the first degree if he or she operates a motor vehicle in a manner that is both negligent and endangers or is likely to endanger any person or property, and exhibits the effects of having consumed liquor or marijuana or any drug or exhibits the effects of having inhaled or ingested any chemical, whether or not a legal substance, for its intoxicating or hallucinatory effects.” RWC 46.61.5249.

Reckless Endangerment: “A person is guilty of reckless endangerment when he or she recklessly engages in conduct not amounting to drive-by shooting but that creates a substantial risk of death or serious physical injury to another person.” RWC 9a.36.050.

There are a number of ways to successfully get DUI charges reduced to lesser charges. An experienced DUI defense attorney will be able to evaluate the evidence against you and pinpoint the weaknesses in the Prosecution’s case that can be leveraged in negotiations.Understand that every case is different and fact specific. For an evaluation of your DUI case, contact us here or call 425-883-3366.

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. Come meet with us for a free consultation to explore how we can help you. 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 of fill out this simple web form to schedule a free consultation with an experienced DUI defense attorney.