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

Plea bargaining in Iowa drunk driving cases.

In some states, it’s possible for a motorist who’s accused of driving while intoxicated (OWI) 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 Iowa DUI Cases

Iowa law doesn’t restrict plea bargaining in OWI cases. So, for someone who’s accused of drunk driving, convincing a prosecutor to reduce the charge to reckless driving or some other 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 less severe than those for a driving while intoxicated conviction.  

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


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