Can I Plead to "Wet Reckless" in Missouri?

Plea bargaining a reduced charge in Missouri drunk driving cases.

In some states, it’s possible for a motorist who’s accused of driving while intoxicated (DWI), or 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.”

Missouri is one of the few states that doesn’t have a “reckless driving” statute. The state does, however, have a similar law that requires all motorists to drive in a “careful and prudent manner” and “exercise the highest degree of care.”

Missouri law doesn’t restrict plea bargaining in DWI case. So it’s possible for a person who’s charged with driving while intoxicated to plea bargain for a careless and imprudent driving charge. The benefit of making such a plea deal is simple: The penalties for a careless and imprudent driving conviction are less severe than those for driving while intoxicated.

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

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