Q: What happens at a bench trial for a DUI? Am I risking harsher punishments by not working out a plea deal?
Have an attorney who waived my arraignment and put me directly on a bench trial without knowing my BAC or anything else about my case. Other attorneys in the area are telling me this is not normal.
There may be some reason that your lawyer is opting for a bench trial. A bench trial is a trial where the Judge decides guilt or innocence, and there is no jury. Normally you would be better off with a jury trial. Working out a plea in the case would usually lead to a better sentence than the one you would get if you lose at trial, but not always. Often the point of a plea bargain is to get a reduced charge or a reduced sentence from what you might get if you went to trial.
If you have not waived your right to a jury trial, then you have the right to a jury trial if you'd like one. You really should be having these conversations with your attorney. I urge you to speak to your attorney about these matters.
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