Can I Get My DUI Reduced to Reckless Driving in Colorado?

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Facing DUI charges in Colorado is a serious matter. In its quest to deter motorists from operating vehicles while intoxicated, the state has established harsh penalties for convictions, including mandatory license suspension, fines, and jail time. However, you may have heard of cases where drivers had their DUI reduced to reckless driving in Colorado. Understanding whether this is possible in your case can help you know what steps to take as you and your attorney weigh your legal options.

What Advantages Does a Reckless Driving Charge Have Over DUI?

Driving under the influence (DUI) is a more serious offense than reckless driving. Being convicted of reckless driving reduces the types and severity of penalties you would face if convicted of DUI.

Here’s why you want your DUI charges reduced to reckless driving if possible:   

  • Jail – Reckless driving carries a maximum jail sentence of 90 days, whereas the DUI maximum is one year.
  • Fines – Reckless driving carries a maximum fine of $300, compared to $1,000 for DUI. 
  • License suspension – A reckless driving conviction will not incur a license suspension beyond those imposed after your arrest. A DUI conviction results in a nine-month suspension for a first offense and longer revocation periods for subsequent offenses.

Additionally, a reckless driving conviction carries less social and professional stigma than a DUI. When employers look at your record, they will not see any alcohol-related charges.

What Factors Are Considered to Get a DUI Reduced to a Reckless Charge?

A successful reckless driving plea bargain in Colorado depends on several factors, including:

  • Whether you have any prior DUI convictions or a criminal record
  • Your blood alcohol content (BAC) level at the time of your arrest
  • If any issues could bring the administration of your breath or blood test into question
  • Whether any accident or injuries occurred in association with the incident 
  • The strength or weakness of the evidence against you
  • Whether the police had probable cause to stop you

If any of these factors lessen the likelihood of the prosecutor securing a conviction in court, you may be eligible for a DUI reduction in Colorado.

Can I Get My DUI Reduced to Reckless Driving in Colorado?

Whether you qualify for a reckless driving plea bargain will depend on the specific facts of your case. The most effective means of negotiating DUI charges in Colorado is to consult an experienced DUI defense attorney.

Find Out More About Colorado DUI Defense Strategies

If you are facing DUI charges in Colorado and believe you might be eligible for a “wet reckless” plea bargain, reach out to the seasoned legal team at Peakstone Law Group, LLC. Our lawyers have more than 40 years of combined experience providing support and advocacy for drivers across the state. We will do everything we can to protect your rights, reputation, and liberty. Contact us today for a free consultation.