When you have been arrested for a DUI, especially if it is your first-time offense, it is possible to obtain a lesser charge, such as “wet reckless driving.”
A wet reckless is defined as reckless driving exclusively involving alcohol, meaning that this charge of reckless driving is only offered to people who are accused of drunk driving. In fact, the only way to obtain wet reckless is to be arrested for a DUI and have your charge reduced, which can be a huge victory in your case. Essentially, the main advantage of a wet reckless compared to a DUI is that the penalties are significantly less.
The following are the benefits of a wet reckless charge:
- Shorter jail sentence – For a first-time DUI, a conviction can result in a maximum jail sentence of six months, while repeat offenders face longer sentences. However, a wet reckless conviction can result in a jail sentence of up to 90 days. In most cases, the real sentence is substantially less, or may even be eliminated altogether.
- Cheaper – Mandatory fines may be reduced. Keep in mind, wet reckless may result in a fine of up to $1,000. But a DUI can easily result in a fine costing $3,000 or more, especially when you add certain costs associated with drunk driving.
- Keep your driving privileges – A wet reckless conviction does not result in license suspension. On the other hand, a first-time DUI is punishable by a mandatory six-month suspension of your driving privileges.
Remember, there are some drawbacks to wet reckless. For example, if you're arrested for DUI again in the future, the wet reckless would be considered as a prior DUI offense for sentencing purposes.
If you've been arrested for DUI, you must act now. Having an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side can help you obtain the best results possible. While a wet reckless conviction isn't an ideal solution, in situations where having your charges dismissed is highly unlikely, it is a promising option.