Can I Plead to a "Wet Reckless" in Maryland?
Plea bargaining a reduced charge in Maryland 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 Maryland DUI Cases
Unlike some other states, Maryland doesn’t restrict or prohibit plea bargaining in DUI cases. So, for someone who’s accused of drunk driving, plea bargaining for a wet reckless 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. For instance, a first DUI conviction carries a six-month license suspension and up to a year in jail. A reckless driving conviction, on the other hand, typically involves just a fine.
Talk to an Attorney
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.