It goes without saying that most people who get
arrested for DUI would like the charges to be dismissed entirely. While charges are often
dismissed, this will not happen in the majority of cases. However, an
experienced Riverside DUI attorney can often work with the prosecution
to negotiate a plea bargain, in which you get reduced sentences in exchange
for a guilty plea. In these cases, you may find yourself pleading guilty
to something called a Wet Reckless, rather than a DUI charge.
Defining Wet Reckless
The term “wet reckless” refers to reckless driving involving
alcohol. This differs from a DUI charge in that alcohol only needs to
be involved – you do not need to be above the legal limit to be
convicted. You cannot get arrested for a wet reckless, but you can be
convicted of one as part of a plea bargain. Generally speaking, the prosecution
will offer a reduced wet reckless charge if they have a weak case against
you, or if your attorney has mounted a very strong defense.
Why is a Wet Reckless Charge Better?
Wet reckless is a lesser charge than DUI, and carries significantly lighter
penalties as a result. This charge is still no laughing matter –
you will face fines, and you will have to complete a court-ordered DUI
program. Furthermore, if you arrested for DUI again in the future, the
wet reckless will be treated the same as a prior DUI offense.
Compared to a DUI, a wet reckless usually results in:
- Lower fines
- No court-ordered license suspension
- No mandatory jail time
- Shorter probation period
Arrested for DUI? Call (951) 221-4311 Today.
It’s very rare that the prosecution will simply offer you the option
to plead to wet reckless. In most cases, your Riverside DUI lawyer will
need to work aggressively to find weaknesses in the prosecution’s
case, at which point they will be receptive to negotiations.
You’ll find the tough, aggressive representation you need at The
Law Office of David E. Grande. For more than a decade,
Attorney David Grande has stood for the rights of the criminally accused, and has fought tirelessly
to secure the best results for our clients.
Don’t face DUI charges alone. Call our firm today for a
free case evaluation.