I have been recently asked:
You stated: "You will receive almost identical punishment if you are found guilty
If one is found Guilty, is the punishment generally the same as was
offered in the plea bargain, or generally the full penalty?
While I can never predict the future, no judge in the counties I practice in will ever assess a maximum punishment for a first time DWI offender with no history. Standard "plea bargain" punishment before trial, or after trial are almost always the same. Between 1 and 2 years probation, a fine between $300-$800, 24-40 hours of community service, and alcohol awareness courses.