There are countless traffic laws that were put in place to ensure the safety of everyone on the road. Drivers who violate traffic laws are often issued traffic citations, but in some cases, the driver will face criminal charges instead.
Reckless driving is the act of driving without regard to the safety or well-being of others. If the driver does not injure or kill anyone, the crime is a misdemeanor. A misdemeanor reckless driving conviction can result in up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 base fine. However, if someone is harmed as a result of the reckless driving, the crime can be charged as either a felony or misdemeanor.
In our experience, these charges can often be eliminated by participation in pretrial diversion programs. When diversion programs are not available, dismissals can sometimes be earned by other means.
Can A Lawyer Get DUI Charges Reduced To Reckless Driving Charges (Wet Reckless)?
It is sometimes possible for an attorney representing a DUI defendant to negotiate a plea deal with the prosecution pursuant to which the DUI charges are dismissed in exchange for admission of lesser charges. “Wet Reckless,” reckless driving, exhibition of speed, and drunk in public are examples of reduced charges that have been substituted for DUI charges.
The legislature, prosecutors, and even courts have been working to reduce the benefits realized by defendants who plead to wet reckless, or alcohol related reckless driving, since the concept became widely used by defense attorneys in settling DUI cases. While there is still some benefit in accepting this type of settlement, the pros and cons should be considered carefully.
What Are The Benefits Of Wet Reckless And Dry Reckless Plea Bargains?
Plea bargains involving wet reckless or dry reckless must be carefully evaluated on a case-by-case basis. While the penalties for reckless driving are typically less serious than the penalties for DUI, the benefit of the bargain may be nominal for some defendants with respect to alcohol related reckless driving pleas.