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Are You Feeling Bullied Into Accepting a DUI Plea Bargain?

Jeff Cole
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Plea bargains can mean options for drivers accused of DUI, but taking that option doesn’t always work out better for the accused. However, although plea agreements aren’t always in the accused’s best interest, pressure to accept a plea deal may come from:

  • The prosecutor. A plea bargain means a guaranteed conviction with the paperwork, time investment, and hassle involved in a jury trial, which means it can help both prosecutors and accused drivers. However, the deal the prosecutor offers may not actually represent a better outcome than you could get at trial.  
  • The accused’s criminal defense attorney. Your criminal defense attorney should be guiding you through the legal process, building a strong defense, and helping you understand your rights and likely outcomes. Your attorney shouldn’t be making decisions for you or pressuring you into choices that don’t work in your best interests.
  • Family and friends. You value the opinion of your loved ones, but they may not understand the law or the details of your case. Since you are the person who must face the consequences, you should make the decisions that work best for you.

You shouldn’t be bullied into making choices about your criminal case that aren’t right for you. If you need help, or if you need more information about your rights and options, you should consider speaking with a DUI attorney who has experience helping accused drivers get through the legal process and get on with their lives. Start taking control of your case today by reaching out to our Sioux Falls criminal defense team by phone or filling out the contact form on this page with your questions.


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