If you have been charged with DUI, pleading guilty to the offense may appear to be the quickest way to resolve your case. Pleading to the charge, however, will result in a DUI conviction which carries strict penalties in Pennsylvania. Rather than make a hasty decision and plea to an offense that may jeopardize your driving privileges and complicate your life, contact the Law Offices of Steven E. Kellis. Your initial consultation is free.
Attorney Steven Kellis offers legal advice to help clients make informed decisions regarding their cases, investigates circumstances surrounding his clients’ DUI arrest, challenges questionable evidence brought by police or prosecutors, and ensures that the legal rights of his clients are protected. Mr. Kellis understands how DUI charges are brought by district attorneys because he has also worked as a Senior Assistant District Attorney. As a result of his experience, Mr. Kellis is capable of handling all types of DUI cases.
What is a Plea Bargain?
A plea bargain occurs when a district attorney offers to reduce the original DUI charge in return for the defendant pleading guilty to a less serious offense which carries less severe penalties. For example, a district attorney may offer a defendant an opportunity to plead guilty to reckless driving, a non-DUI offense with lesser punishments than DUI. There are other traffic violations the district attorney can offer to a defendant, such as speeding.
A plea bargain is based on several elements, such as questionable BAC test results, the conduct of the arresting police officer and the strength of the district attorney’s case against the defendant. At times, plea bargains are in the best interests of both the prosecution and the defense, particularly in cases where both parties want a mutual resolution of a case without having to go to trial.
DUI lawyers can ask the district attorney for a plea bargain that would be more favorable to their clients, yet is fair to all parties involved in the case and allows justice to be served. In some instances, DUI attorneys may recommend taking the case to trial, but not without first providing accurate information their clients need to make that decision. Experienced DUI attorneys know whether a plea bargain will benefit their clients. Ultimately, the final decision of whether to accept the plea bargain or go to trial is up to the defendant.
Do Not Negotiate without Consulting a DUI Lawyer
Whether you are facing a misdemeanor DUI charge or a more serious felony DUI involving an injury or death, it is imperative to turn to a DUI attorney who knows how to present a strong legal defense on your behalf. DUI Attorney Steven E. Kellis has been representing clients on DUI charges for more than 20 years, from negotiating plea bargains to taking cases to trial. He has devoted his entire practice to DUI defense and can assist with:
If you have been charged with DUI and want to know what legal options are available to you, contact The Law Offices of Steven E. Kellis today to schedule a free legal consultation or complete our contact form.