Getting arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) is both scary and frustrating. Not only do face significant penalties such as jail time, fines and license suspension, but having a DUI on your criminal record can damage your professional reputation and personal relationships.
If you are unable to have your entire case dismissed, it may be possible to have your charge reduced to “wet reckless,” which is a type of reckless driving charge that specifically pertains to alcohol or drug use. This is considered the most favorable outcome for someone charged with drunk driving.
Keep in mind, Idaho law does not explicitly allow or prohibit wet-reckless plea deals. This means that it is possible for lawyers to make an appeal for a plea bargain, but there is little to no indication on whether it will be effective.
If a wet reckless conviction is obtained, it will reduce the sentencing of the case. However, it will appear as a drunk driving charge on your criminal record.
Benefits of a wet reckless conviction include the following:
- Less jail time
- Lower fines
- Shorter license suspension
In general, prosecutors may offer a wet reckless due to several factors, such as the fact that it was your first-time offense, you have no prior criminal history, and your BAC level at the time of arrest was a little below or at the legal limit. By contrast, if your DUI arrest involved an accident, injuries or fatalities, then prosecutors are reluctant to reduce the charges.
Whether you want to fight the charges against you or try to plea to lesser charges, our Pocatello criminal defense attorney at May, Rammell & Wells are committed to helping you get the best outcome possible. We can review your case, figure out your available legal options, and build a strong defense strategy to obtain the results and justice you deserve.
For more information, contact us and request a consultation today.