A DUI conviction carries very harsh mandatory minimum punishments and collateral consequences, whereas reckless driving does not. Penalties for DUI include mandatory minimum jail sentences, litter pick-up, fines and license revocation along with a slew of collateral, or indirect, consequences such as raising insurance premiums and leaving a permanent criminal conviction as a matter of public record.
The law sets no mandatory penalties for a reckless driving conviction, so it is possible to negotiate less onerous terms such as avoiding jail time, license revocation, and, most importantly, a DUI conviction on your record. Pursuant to a new expungement statute, someone may even be able to expunge (get a court order erasing public records) of a DUI arrest that was negotiated to a reckless driving conviction.
If you or someone you know has questions regarding a DUI case or any aspect of DUI law, feel free to contact Nashville Criminal Lawyer Russell Thomas at 615-620-0891. He will help you navigate the sometimes confusing legal system.