In some states, it’s possible for a motorist who’s accused of operating under the influence (OUI) to “plea bargain” for a lesser charge. When such a plea bargain is for a reckless driving charge (called “driving to endanger” in Maine), it’s sometimes called a “wet reckless.”
Unlike some other states, Maine doesn’t restrict or prohibit plea bargaining in OUI 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.
The benefits of pleading to a wet reckless are simple: The penalties for a driving to endanger violation are less severe than those for an operating under the influence conviction.
If you’ve been arrest for driving under the influence, talk to an experienced local OUI/DUI attorney. The facts of every case are different. A qualified OUI/DUI lawyer can talk to you about what the possibilities are for your case.