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Plea Bargain vs. Trial

What a Chicago DUI Attorney Can Do for You

If you've been arrested for and charged with DUI (driving under the influence), it is possible that the prosecuting attorney will offer you a plea bargain. Should you accept? This is an extremely important issue to address. Accepting a plea bargain means that you enter a plea of “guilty” in exchange for a lesser sentence or charge. It is a type of negotiation entered into between the prosecution and the defense and may serve to keep a case from going to trial.

Negotiated pleas are very common (comprising approximately 90% of all convictions) but should not be entered into without full information of all of the repercussions they may have on you now and into the future. This is where your Chicago DUI lawyer will play an ever-increasingly important role. Whether you have already retained the services of an attorney or were recently arrested and are seeking legal counsel, it is important to make sure your lawyer reviews the matter to determine whether the offered plea bargain is truly in your best interests.

At the Law Offices of Howard J. Wise & Associates, our team includes former prosecutors who understand both sides of complex criminal proceedings related to DUI. We know how plea bargaining works – from the point of view of both the defense and the prosecution – and can use this to our clients' advantage by making an accurate assessment of whether to accept a plea bargain or take a case to trial. Your best interests are at the forefront of our concerns in these matters.

Should I accept a plea bargain or go to trial?

When a DUI defense attorney at our firm handles your case, we will be open to consider a negotiated plea, but we will be careful in considering the matter from every possible angle to determine whether it is truly the right decision. We will also take your particular needs and concerns into account. If trial is a better option, we have the resources to handle your case and will aggressively protect your interests in criminal court.

Contact a Chicago DUI attorney at our firm today to discuss a potential plea agreement or criminal trial for your case.