Can I Plead to a "Wet Reckless" in Utah?

Plea bargaining a reduced charge in Utah 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 Utah DUI Cases

Unlike some other states, Utah doesn’t prohibit plea bargain in DUI cases. So, for someone who’s charged with a DUI, plea bargaining for a wet reckless driving or another lesser charge 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 generally less severe than those for a DUI conviction. For instance, a first DUI involves mandatory license suspension, whereas with a first reckless driving conviction, losing your license is a possibility but not required.

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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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