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Everything You Need to Know About Wet Reckless Charges According to A Denver Criminal Defense Attorney


August 16, 2017

The state of Colorado takes driving under the influence (DUI) very seriously, so it’s no surprise that there are harsh penalties for this crime. If you have been charged with DUI, a Denver criminal defense attorney may be able to negotiate with the prosecutor to have your charges reduced to what is known as a “wet reckless.” Here’s everything you need to know:

What is a wet reckless?
There is no actual crime in Colorado that is called a wet reckless. This is just a term used to describe a certain type of plea bargain that a prosecutor may offer to a DUI defendant. If the prosecutor decides to offer you a wet reckless plea bargain, you will be asked to plead guilty to reckless driving instead of DUI. The term “wet reckless” is used because the plea bargain involves a reckless driving charge and the use of alcohol.

It’s important to note that not every DUI defendant will be offered this type of plea deal. A wet reckless plea deal is typically only offered in cases where the defendant is a first-time offender, did not cause any injuries or fatalities, and did not have a very high BAC level at the time of his arrest.

What happens if you accept a wet reckless plea bargain?
If you decide to accept a wet reckless plea bargain, you will be convicted of reckless driving. This charge will show up on your record just as it would if you were found guilty of it in court—there is no asterisk by the charge that indicates you accepted a plea deal.

Reckless driving is a far less serious crime than DUI, so the penalties aren’t as severe. If you accept this plea deal, you may face penalties such as a brief stint in jail, fines, license revocation, and the mandatory enrollment in an alcohol education course. Points will also be added to your license, which means your monthly insurance rate will go up indefinitely. Can I plead to wet reckless in Colorado?

Should you accept a wet reckless plea deal?
Every DUI case is unique, so the answer to this question will vary on a case-by-case basis. It’s never a good idea to accept or reject a plea deal without talking to an attorney. A criminal defense attorney can review the evidence that the state has against you and determine if the plea deal is in your best interest. In some cases, the attorney may feel that you have a good chance of being acquitted in trial, so taking the plea deal would not be a smart move. However, if the state has a lot of evidence against you, a plea deal may be the best option to protect your future.

If you are arrested and charged with DUI, seek legal representation from the Law Office of John Buckley right away. Our attorneys work tirelessly to defend your rights and ensure you receive the best legal representation possible. Contact John L. Buckley as soon as possible to schedule a legal consultation regarding your case.