In California, it is not prohibited to initiate a plea bargain for a DUI case. However, there are certain restrictions, depending on the circumstances. Typically, plea bargaining is allowed when:
- The evidence is not sufficient enough for the prosecution to prove the DUI charge.
- The testimony of an important witness can’t be acquired.
- A plea deal won’t create a substantial change in the sentence.
If a prosecutor decides to reduce a DUI to a reckless driving charge, he or she is required to explain their reasoning for the reduction in court. They are also expected to state whether the offense included alcohol or drugs along with the facts supporting their conclusion.
To restore your license suspension, it is essential to notify your insurance company. They will file an “SR-22” with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). SR-22 is a certificate that confirms you have met the minimum insurance requirements.
Also, this certificate is a requirement for acquiring a “hardship license” to have the accessibility of driving to places including work or school during a DUI suspension.