Thank you for the information and your question. I am not sure what your daughter's attorney was thinking and he should sit down and explain that to your daughter. However, I can tell you that both reckless driving and public intoxication are Class B Misdemeanors
and carry the same potential punishment. So, again I am not sure why her attorney recommended this unless he thinks that perhaps an employer will not associate "public intoxication" with driving.
In any event, up until April of this year Indiana did not have a law that allowed for expungments of convictions. However, the state legislature has passed an expungement
law. The catch is that there is a 5 year waiting period after a person has completed any punishment awarded as a part of their sentence
before they can petition the court
for that expungement. So, although your daughter will be eligible for an expungement eventually, she must wait or a few years. She will want to speak to a criminal
defense attorney about the expungement when she approaches the 5 year point.
Please let me know if you need any clarification. I would be glad to assist you further if I can.