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, Florida doesn't prohibit plea bargaining in DUI cases. There are, however, restrictions. Generally, plea bargaining for a lesser charge is prohibited in cases where:
The benefits of pleading to a wet reckless are simple: The penalties for a reckless driving violation are less severe than those for driving under the influence.
However, motorists convicted of a reckless driving offense that involved drugs or alcohol—in addition to the normal reckless driving penalties—must complete a DUI substance abuse education course and evaluation. Depending on the results of the evaluation, the person might also have to complete substance abuse treatment.
If you've been arrested 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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