The penalties for driving while intoxicated (DWI) can seriously affect your life. You may not be able to drive for up to a year and pay fines to reinstate your license. The effect of these charges is enough for many drivers to negotiate a plea deal.
Many states have a criminal charge known as wet reckless driving. Wet reckless driving is still a misdemeanor, but it is less severe than a DWI. Because of this leniency, it is more difficult to qualify for this plea deal.
How can you qualify for a wet reckless charge?
Your chances of being eligible for a wet reckless driving charge are based on the severity of your DWI offense and the evidence against you. If this is your first DWI and you have no previous criminal record, you may qualify for a wet reckless plea deal. Having a low blood alcohol concentration at the time of your arrest can also help your case.
What are the penalties?
Accepting a plea deal for a wet reckless offense will stop a DWI from going on to your record. Additionally, you may face these penalties:
- License suspension of up to six months
- Reduced fines compared to a DWI
- Mandatory attendance of an Alcohol Safety Action Program
You will most likely avoid any jail time as well if the court offers you a wet reckless charge.
If you were arrested for driving while intoxicated, you might want to consult with a seasoned DWI attorney. Your lawyer will be able to assess your situation and the evidence against you. This will help you identify your available options going forward.