While you may be able to form some initial opinions about the strengths and weaknesses of your DUI case on your own, it’s still a good idea to consult with a DUI lawyer in the Maryland and D.C. areas. An experienced defense attorney recognizes uncertainties in your case that can be used to your advantage. For example, if your BAC test is between .09 or .10 or your field sobriety tests are inconclusive, your criminal defense lawyer can effectively plea bargain to a lesser offense.
Defense attorneys know that reckless driving is often the fallback position for prosecutors when they don’t feel the evidence is sufficient to obtain a guilty verdict. Some states distinguish between regular reckless driving charges and “wet reckless” charges, which involve alcohol. Even though a wet reckless charge doesn’t usually require jail time, probation is possible. In addition, a wet reckless charge usually counts toward your prior criminal history and insurance companies may view this charge as DUI equivalent when determining rate increases. A DUI attorney can explain whether or not your state has a wet reckless charge option as part of the plea bargaining process.