If you were charged with driving under the influence (DUI)—especially if it was an honest mistake and your first offense—you do not want a DUI conviction on your criminal record. You may be able to enter into a plea agreement with the prosecutor to reduce the charges to a lesser charge. However, you will need an experienced criminal defense attorney to help you obtain this deal.
When You May Be Able to Enter Into a Plea Agreement for a Wet Reckless Charge
A wet reckless is a reckless driving charge when alcohol is involved and is less serious than a DUI conviction. Wet reckless is not a specific statutory violation, and it is not available in all localities in Virginia. While prosecutors will not always agree to a reduced wet reckless conviction, they may do so in the following situations:
- Your blood alcohol content (BAC) is slightly below or above .08 percent.
- The prosecutor’s case has weaknesses, and he would rather obtain a conviction rather than the possibility of losing a trial.
The penalties for a wet reckless conviction are less serious than for a DUI. You could face the following penalties:
- Up to 90 days in jail
- Probation for up to two years
- Suspension of your driver’s license for up to six months
- Required to participate in a VASAP alcohol education program
If you have been charged with a DUI, an experienced criminal defense attorney may be able to help you enter into the most favorable plea agreement for your situation. Fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation to start to learn more about your rights.