Even if you've been charged with a DUI, this doesn't mean that you have to accept a DUI. The courts are overburdened and will often do whatever they can to get a plea deal and bring an end to your case as soon as possible. One way in which they accomplish this is by allowing you to plea down to a wet reckless charge.
How a Wet Reckless Charge Works
With a wet reckless charge, you've been charged with a DUI, but agree instead to reckless driving charges. Reckless driving charges carry penalties that are much less severe than a DUI charge. You will only be charged with a misdemeanor, which is a much more minor blight on your criminal record.
The Penalties for Reckless Driving
With a reckless driving charge, you will pay a fine as high as $500 and will only go to jail for up to five days. This involuntary vacation is much less disruptive to your life than a DUI that can put you away for years. If you have not committed prior offenses and if you have not caused significant damage, you may only need to spend a day in jail.
Driver's License Suspensions
A DUI can lead to your license being suspended. Then, you can go through a long and grueling process getting your license reinstated. Your license is less likely to be suspended wit ha reckless driving charge.
Why You Need a DUI Attorney
If you're not sure whether to pursue a wet reckless charge, make sure to consult with a DUI attorney. In some cases, you're unlikely to be able to accept this type of deal. For example, if you have committed a felony DUI you will be unlikely to plead your charge down to a misdemeanor. If you have had repeated DUIs or if you have a very high blood-alcohol level, you are also less likely to be able to seek a a wet reckless charge.
Never Give Up After a DUI
However, there might be other ways you can negotiate your DUI. For example, you may be able to have your felony DUi reduced to a misdemeanor. Regardless of the DUI charges, you should always work with a DUI attorney. A DUI charge can ruin your life, but you may be surprised at the deal you may be able to strike and you may even be able to have the charges dropped.
Contact an attorney, like Angela L Walker PC, for more help.