Can a DUI be Reduced to Reckless Driving? The consequences of being charged with a DUI offense can have serious effects on your quality of life. You could lose your driving privileges, be forced to pay huge fines, or even serve jail time. On top of this, you will have a black mark against your record that may be used against you for the rest of your life whilst seeking employment.
With such drastic DUI punishments, it is easy to see why one of the most common questions we get here at The Ticket Place are inquiries about whether we can help get a DUI charge reduced to Reckless Driving. The answer isn’t clear cut, but yes, in certain circumstances, there is a good chance that we can plead to have the DUI charge reduced to a lesser offense. In this case, the goal is to seek what is called a “wet reckless charge.”
If you are dealing with the aftermath of a DUI arrest and want the best possible chances at having your DUI reduced to reckless driving, then we highly advise you to contact us here at The Ticket Lawyers today. We have been on both sides of the courtroom and have a wealth of experience that we will use to give you the best possible chance.
Our number is 855-323-8488.
A Wet Reckless charge is a name given to a reckless driving charge that is related to alcohol and carries less drastic consequences compared to a regular DUI charge. The best possible chance you will have to obtain a Wet Reckless charge will be if this is your first offense.
Although, on rare occasions, it is possible to seek a Wet Reckless after a repeat offense, it is extremely rare, and you should make sure you do not set your expectations too high. Every case is unique, though, and you should talk about your options thoroughly with your attorney. They will be able to advise you on the best course of action and inform you of your chances of success.
In order to convince a prosecutor that a Wet Reckless charge is worth considering, these are the most commonly used arguments:
Whilst none of these reasons gives you a guaranteed shot at having your charges reduced, they do give you a better chance.
A DUI can have serious and long-lasting effects on a person’s life. They can find it hard to get employment, and they may have to pay hefty fines or serve jail time as well as potentially losing their license.
Having your charges dropped to a Wet Reckless means that you are still going to be punished for your crime, but your penalties will be less severe. The penalties that usually accompany a Wet Reckless charge are:
Avoiding a DUI charge is not going to be easy. As a prosecutor, their job is to punish people for their crimes and transgressions. This means that you are fighting to convince them that you deserve leniency. They will not just bend over backward and give you a lesser charge.
This means you need to be confident in your plea and have an air-tight case built with evidence that you are deserving. Doing this alone is almost impossible for anyone who isn’t well versed in the law.
This is why the most important thing you can possibly do in order to maximize your chances, is to hire a skilled DUI lawyer, one who has dealt with DUI cases just like yours before. They will be able to offer the best legal advice and will give you the best chance of avoiding a DUI conviction.
A DUI attorney won’t just ask to have your DUI reduced, and they will argue why it should be reduced. A DUI lawyer will be able to challenge things like the legality of the stop and arrest, as well as any errors that may be in the evidence given by police.
Using the right amount of pressure and a strong case is the best way to demand a Wet Reckless, especially for those that are facing first-time charges for driving under the influence.
Here at The Law Place , we are ready to fight your corner after an arrest. We know that good people make bad choices and we are here to help you avoid unreasonably harsh punishments.
We offer a free consultation where we can give you free advice and evaluate your case. In this consultation, we will tell you what our recommended plan of action is and will help you implement a strong defense.
Our phone lines are always open around the clock, so give us a call at 855-323-8488.
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