Can I Plead to "Wet Reckless" in Tennessee?

Plea bargaining a reduced charge in Tennessee drunk driving cases.

In some states, it’s possible for a motorist who’s accused of driving under the influence (DUI) 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 Tennessee DUI Cases

Unlike some other states, Tennessee doesn’t restrict plea bargaining in DUI cases. So for someone charged with driving under the influence in Tennessee, convincing a prosecutor to reduce the charge to a wet reckless 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 DUI conviction. For instance, a DUI usually comes with mandatory jail time whereas jail is only a possibility for a reckless driving conviction.

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If you’ve been arrest for driving under the influence, talk to an experienced local DUI attorney. The facts of every case are different. A qualified DUI lawyer can talk to you about what the possibilities are for your case.

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