In some Pennsylvania DUI cases, it may be possible and to your advantage to pursue a negotiated plea bargain with the prosecutor. In such instances, you may be able to plead guilty to the lesser charge of reckless driving. To do this, you will need the services of an experienced DUI defense attorney who can review your case to determine whether such a strategy will work in your best interests and who has the necessary negotiation skills to accomplish it. At The Law Offices of Steven Kellis, serving clients throughout the state, you can depend on an attorney and legal team dedicated to providing you with focused and competent representation in any type of DUI-related matter.
Attorney Steven Kellis has devoted his practice exclusively to Pennsylvania DUI defense. He has more than 20 years of experience in this field. As a former Senior Assistant District Attorney who prosecuted hundreds of DUI cases, he knows how the other side approaches the task of achieving a conviction. Armed with that knowledge and his decades of defense work both inside and outside the courtroom, Mr. Kellis is a formidable legal force to have in your corner. You can rely on his commitment and seasoned capability when it comes to your defense.
Alcohol-Related Careless Driving
An alcohol-related reckless driving charge has less severe consequences than a standard DUI. This charge is also called a “wet reckless.” Achieving a plea bargain to this charge will depend on the circumstances surrounding your arrest. Many factors will determine whether a prosecutor will accept such a plea. These factors include such issues as the level of your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at the time of your arrest, whether you have any prior DUI convictions, your criminal history, if you were involved in a DUI-related accident, and whether you have been charged with other violations as part of the incident, such as drug charges, fleeing the scene, resisting arrest, or hit and run.
Under Pennsylvania law, reckless driving is defined as driving a vehicle with “willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.” It is classified as a summary offense which carries the following potential penalties:
- A minimum fine of $200
- Possible (though unlikely except in serious cases) jail time of up to 90 days
- 4 points accrued to your driving record
- Possible 6-month license suspension for a first offense
- Successful completion of an alcohol education or treatment program
You must attend a scheduled PennDOT administrative hearing to challenge an automatic suspension of your license. By doing so, you may be able to avoid a suspension, have points reduced, or be allowed to obtain a hardship license.
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Getting sound legal advice and guidance immediately following any DUI arrest is highly recommended if you wish to minimize the negative consequences. The Law Offices of Steven Kellis is available to take your calls 24/7. We offer a free case evaluation to help you understand your legal situation, your rights, and the best strategy for your defense. Contact us to schedule your case review today.