Consequences of a Wet Reckless
Posted By Salvador Phillips, PLLC || Aug 16, 2017
Wet reckless is a driving plea typically used in cases where defendants charged with driving under the influence (DUI) plead down to a lesser charge. Because it is not an offense prosecutors charge drivers with following an arrest, it generally only comes into play when prosecutors allow defendants to plead to a lesser crime. In order for that to happen, there must be some extenuating circumstances, including chemical test results under .08, discrepancies in chemical tests, and more, depending on the circumstances.
The unique facts involved in your case, as well as the work done by your defense attorney, will always determine whether you have the option of pleading a DUI down to a wet reckless, which indicates reckless operation of a vehicle and a note that alcohol was involved. Should this opportunity arise, you should understand that a wet reckless is considered a class 2 misdemeanor in Arizona, which is generally less severe than standard DUI charges. That means it subjects offenders to the following penalties:
- Minimum 90 days driver’s licenses suspension
- Up to four months in jail
- Up to 2 years’ probation
- Fines and fees
- Minimum 20 days in jail (with prior wet reckless or DUI)
Plea bargains can be an effective means of securing reduced charges and penalties, particularly when you are faced with serious allegations and long-term consequences. While the facts of every case will dictate whether a plea is an option or an appropriate defense strategy for you, it should be noted that pleading DUIs down to wet reckless is not very common in Arizona, where prosecutors are zealous about gaining convictions.
Because there are limitations to plea bargains in DUI cases, it becomes critical that defendants charged with any DUI offense take steps to work with experienced attorneys who have the ability to evaluate all potential defense strategies. At Salvador Phillips, PLLC, our Phoenix DUI lawyers leverage decades of combined experience to fight the charges our clients face, and to take the most appropriate path toward securing the best possible results.
If you have questions about a DUI charge in Phoenix or any of the surrounding areas of Arizona, contact us for a FREE and confidential consultation.