If you have been arrested for a DUI/OVI, you may have the ability to plead your case and receive lesser charges. Called a “wet reckless” charge, Ohio drivers may be able to take advantage of a plea bargain for the less serious charge. Commonly, a wet reckless charge is offered when the driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC) is close to .08% or when there are holes in the prosecution’s case that make it a challenge to obtain a DUI/OVI conviction. These plea bargains may be in your favor, but you should consult your DUI/OVI lawyer before accepting one.
What is a Wet Reckless?
A lesser charge, wet reckless is a term for a reckless driving charge that involves alcohol. Unlike some other states, Ohio does not have a specific statute that deals with reckless driving and alcohol. Instead, prosecutors use a standard statute for all types of reckless driving. You do not have to be recklessly driving to be convicted of a wet reckless charge. Being intoxicated is considered reckless driving. Wet reckless pleas are often made only for first-time offenders when their BAC is considered borderline, or slightly above or below the legal limit. The driver also must not have causes any property damage or personal injury.
What are the Consequences of a Wet Reckless Charge?
A Wet reckless charge has the same penalties as other reckless driving charges. Prior convictions also play a part in the severity of your sentence, but reckless driving charges are far less serious than DUI/OVI penalties.
No Prior Traffic Convictions:
- Minor misdemeanor
- $100 fine
One Prior Traffic Conviction in the Past Year:
- Fourth-degree misdemeanor
- Up to $250 in fines
- Up to 30 Days in jail
Two Prior Traffic Convictions in the Past Year:
- Third-degree misdemeanor
- Up to $500 in fines
- Up to 60 Days in jail
It is also possible that your driver’s license may be suspended for any period between 6 months to 3 years. It isn’t required that the judge do so, which may allow you to keep your license. If you are charged with a DUI/OVI, it would be far more difficult to keep your license.
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Facing DUI charges can be difficult, and your driving privileges may be at risk. Our Dayton DUI/OVI defense attorney can help you build the best defense and guide you through your case. If possible, we will fight to ensure that your charges are lowered to a wet reckless, and that you will avoid the hard penalties of a DUI/OVI conviction. You can trust that our team at L. Patrick Mulligan & Associates, LLC is in your corner.