Plea Bargain vs. Trial

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You have several options when you are facing a DUI offense. Gainesville DUI lawyer Richard S. Lawson will walk you through the process and explain your options to you so that you can make the best decision for your case. When you are thinking about taking a plea bargain, there are some factors that you should consider. If someone else was injured or involved in an accident during your arrest, your charges can become very serious.

Occasionally, the presence of an injured party may cause the judge or jury to find you guilty (even if you are not at fault). In response to this, an individual may decide to take a plea bargain just to avoid being convicted in court. The legal team at our firm may be able to get the charges in your case reduced to a lesser charge, such as reckless driving. Deciding to enter a plea bargain is your decision in the end, but your counsel should help you understand your options and the potential consequences.

To secure a reduced plea, your legal time must investigate your case thoroughly; hard evidence must be found that supports your innocence or points out flaws in the prosecution's case. Once inconsistencies are found, your attorney can bring these issues up in court in an effort to have your charges reduced. If the prosecution agrees with your claims, the charges in your case may be reduced or dismissed completely. If the prosecutor decides not to reduce or dismiss your charges, your case will then go to trial. Your attorney will gather as much evidence as possible prior to this to help show your innocence or raise reasonable doubt about your guilt.


Occasionally, if the jury can't decide whether or not you are guilty the case will result in a "hung jury" because there is not enough evidence to convict you. When this happens, you will be given a new trial date and the process will start all over again. If you do not want to go through the process of another trial, you may have the opportunity to work on a plea bargain with the prosecution or the prosecutor may elect to dismiss your charges.

If the best option is another trial, the attorneys at our firm will work to build your case so that it points out the flaws in the prosecution's case. In the case of a hung jury, the prosecution's case has flaws that can be further investigated possibly leading to a verdict of "not guilty." Our firm, we focus exclusively on DUI cases; with over 20 years of experience defending these types of cases, stand ready to help you protect your rights in every possible way. Our attorneys use their extensive experience, scientific data, and new laws and judgments to strengthen your case. From the moment you call, you can trust that we will fight aggressively on your behalf, no matter how serious the charge.

Contact a Gainesville DUI attorney from the Law Offices of Richard S Lawson if you have been arrested and charged with DUI and are seeking an experienced lawyer.

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