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.”
Unlike some other states, Tennessee doesn’t restrict plea bargaining in DUI cases. So for someone charged with driving under the influence in Tennessee, convincing a prosecutor to reduce the charge to a wet reckless is a possibility.
The benefits of pleading to a wet reckless are simple: The penalties for a reckless driving violation are less severe than those for a DUI conviction. For instance, a DUI usually comes with mandatory jail time whereas jail is only a possibility for a reckless driving conviction.
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.