The Pros And Cons Of Taking A Wet Reckless Plea Deal When Facing A DUI Charge

If you have been charged with a DUI, a DUI attorney will work to get the charges against you dismissed or reduced. One of the most common plea deals that is given in DUI cases is reducing the charges to a wet reckless charge in exchange for a guilty plea. If your DUI attorney presents you with this plea deal, you may wonder if it is a good plea for you. Learning the pros and cons can help you decide. Here are the pros and cons of taking a wet reckless plea deal when you are facing a DUI charge. 

The Cons of Accepting a Wet Reckless Plea Deal 

  • A Wet Reckless is Still a Misdemeanor Charge

One of the downsides to accepting a wet reckless plea deal is that a wet reckless is still a misdemeanor charge. This means that if you are on probation or parole, the plea deal can violate your release terms. A misdemeanor will also show up on all future criminal background checks, including those done by employers and rental home agencies. 

  • A Wet Reckless Treated the Same as a DUI With Your Insurance Company

The other con to accepting a wet reckless plea deal is that it often is treated the same as a DUI by your insurance company. As such, your insurance rates will likely skyrocket. You need to be aware of this before accepting a plea deal. 

The Pros of Accepting a Wet Reckless Plea Deal

  • A Wet Reckless Carries Lower Fines and Penalties

One of the benefits to accepting a wet reckless plea deal is that a wet reckless carries lower fines and penalties. Wet reckless does not have any minimum sentencing requirements, and in most states, the fine is just a few hundred dollars, compared to the thousand plus dollar fines you will be facing for a DUI. 

  • A Wet Reckless Does Not Carry License Suspensions

The other advantage to accepting a wet reckless plea deal is that a wet reckless does not carry a mandatory license suspension. This means that your license may not be suspended like is typically the case when you plead guilty to or are convicted of a DUI. 

If you are still unsure as to whether or not a wet reckless plea deal is beneficial to you in your DUI case, talk to your DUI attorney. They can explain to you why it may be beneficial to you. If there is evidence against you, a wet reckless may be a great option for you. If there are better defenses or your attorney feels you may be able to get the charges dismissed or be found not guilty, a wet reckless may not be ideal. A great attorney will help you weigh the pros and cons based on your situation and make an informed decision before accepting any plea deal. 

For more information, you will want to contact a firm such as Daniels Long & Pinsel.