Can I Plead to "Wet Reckless" in Nevada?

Plea bargaining a reduced charge in Nevada 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 Nevada DUI Cases

Plea bargaining for a wet reckless is a possibility in Nevada. However, there are limitations: plea bargaining is permitted in DUI cases only when the prosecuting attorney “knows or it is obvious that the charge is not supported by probable cause or cannot be proved at the time of trial.” In other words, plea bargaining is allowed only in cases where the evidence of drunk driving is weak. (Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 484C.420(1) (2017).)

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 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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