Golfer Tiger Woods will plead guilty to reckless driving in South Florida for an incident back in May, and enter into a DUI diversion program.
Woods will enter the plea Friday for a May 29 arrest where officers found him unconscious in a parked car.
Woods has also agreed to enter into a diversion program for intoxicated drivers. He’ll spend a year on probation, pay a $250 fine and attend DUI school.
A toxicology report showed the 41-year-old Woods had the active ingredient for marijuana, two painkillers, a sleep drug and an anti-anxiety drug in his system when he was arrested. There was no alcohol, however.
Being ready for trial is always the best way to defend a DUI case, however, sometimes after pretrial negotiations, an alternative to a DUI plea can be reached. The most common plea that enables a DUI to be dropped is a reckless driving plea. There is a huge difference between a reckless driving charge and a DUI in Florida. DUI is an alcohol crime that stays on both your driving and your criminal records forever. Reckless driving is a non-alcohol specific traffic offense. If you are able to get your DUI charge dropped to a reckless driving charge, your record will show the DUI charges were dismissed and that you instead pled to the reckless driving traffic charge.
The biggest benefit to a reckless driving charge is that it carries no mandatory driver’s license suspension. Even a first time DUI charge can suspend your driver’s license for up to a year. This saves you the trouble of having to apply for a hardship license for some period of time and then paying the fees and taking the time to reinstate your driver’s license.