Facing drunk driving charges is something that is often difficult because of the penalties you are facing. Not only are you facing criminal penalties, you are also facing administrative penalties for the drunk driving. You do have a few options for dealing with the case. Exploring each one is necessary so that you can make a determination about how you can proceed.
You can opt to plead guilty or not guilty to the charge. If you are considering a guilty plea, you should find out if a plea deal is in the cards for your case. Plea deals give you control over the outcome of your case, but not total control.
You might be able to get a lesser sentence through a plea deal. This might not have any impact on administrative penalties. And, plea deals can't do anything with mandatory minimum sentences that apply in cases. This is why you should pay close attention to the terms of any plea deal you are offered.
Plea deals are possible at various stages of the criminal justice process. This is the case up until a trial. Because plea deals often involve a back and forth, you should ideally approach the idea as early in the process as possible so you have time for the negotiations.
If you want a plea deal, you should let your attorney know. Oftentimes, prosecutors will work with individuals who have an attorney, but they might be leery of working with an individual. Of course, you should remember that this only one option that you have to resolve your case.
Source: FindLaw, "DUI Plea Bargains," accessed March 17, 2017