Can I Plead to a "Wet Reckless" in South Carolina?

Plea bargaining a reduced charge in South Carolina drunk driving cases.

In some states, it’s possible for a motorist who’s accused of driving under the influence (DUI) (also called “operating under the influence” (OUI) in South Carolina) to “plea bargain” for a lesser charge. When such a plea bargain is for a reckless driving charge, it’s sometimes called a “wet reckless.”

Plea Bargaining in South Carolina DUI Cases

South Carolina law doesn’t restrict plea bargaining in DUI cases. So, for someone who’s accused of driving under the influence, convincing a prosecutor to reduce the charge to reckless driving or some other lesser offense is a possibility.

Benefits of a Wet Reckless Plea

The benefits of pleading to a wet reckless are simple: The penalties for a reckless driving violation are less severe than those for a driving under the influence conviction.  

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