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, Delaware doesn’t restrict plea bargaining in DUI cases. So, for someone who’s charged with drunk driving, plea bargaining for a wet reckless or some other lesser offense is a possibility.
The benefits of pleading to a wet reckless are simple: The penalties for a reckless driving violation are generally less severe than those for a DUI conviction. However, when a DUI is reduced to a reckless driving charge—in addition to the standard reckless driving penalties—the offender must complete a substance abuse program. And generally, a wet reckless will count as a DUI prior if the motorist is convicted of driving under the influence in the future.
(Del. Code Ann. tit. 21, § § 4175, 4177B, 4177D (2017).)
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.