Can I Plead to a "Wet Reckless" in New Hampshire?

Plea bargaining in New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire DUI Cases

Unlike some states, New Hampshire doesn’t restrict or prohibit plea bargaining in DUI cases. So, for someone who’s accused of drunk driving, it’s possible to plea bargaining for a wet reckless or some other lesser offense.

However, a prosecutor who agrees to reduce a DUI charge must submit a report to the state attorney general describing the plea deal. The report is public record and available for inspection. (N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 265-A:21 (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.

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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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