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Reducing Your DUI to Reckless Driving

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Georgia DUI to Reckless Driving

Many clients ask if they should try to get their DUI charges reduced to reckless driving? Here are some pros and cons to getting a DUI charge reduced to reckless driving:

PROS

  • A reduction to Reckless Driving is technically a win as the DUI charge is dismissed.
  • There is no mandatory drivers license suspension with a Reckless Driving conviction, just 4 points on your license.
  • There is no mandatory minimum punishments with a Reckless Driving conviction like there are with a DUI conviction.
  • The impact on your insurance premiums is greatly reduced with a Reckless Driving conviction.
  • A Reckless Driving plea can avoid the stress, additional time, and cost associated with a jury trial.
  • Jury trials are inherently risky and a Reckless Driving plea is a sure way to avoid a DUI conviction.

CONS

  • A Reckless Driving plea can include probation, community service, expensive fines and often carry the same punishments as a DUI except the DUI moniker on your record.
  • A DUI arrest will still be on your criminal history even if your case is reduced to Reckless Driving. Your criminal history will show “arrest: DUI” and “disposition: reduced to reckless driving” in most cases.
  • A Reckless Driving conviction will save your regular driving license but can still ruin the career of a commercial truck driver.

Generally speaking a Reckless Driving is a win in a DUI case but not for everyone. Each arrest has to be judged on a case by case basis.

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