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    Pittsburgh DUI: Reducing a DUI to Wet Reckless

    Apr 11 2020, by Mike Worgul in DUI
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    When you get arrested for driving under the influence, the future may look bleak. But you do have options. Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to reduce your Pittsburgh DUI to a wet reckless charge with a plea. Learn more about reducing or dismissing a DUI in Pittsburgh by contacting Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys.

    Have you been charged with driving under the influence in Pittsburgh? Our Pittsburgh DUI lawyers are here to help. For a free consult, call us at (412) 281-2146 to get started.

    Is Wet Reckless Different from Reckless Driving?

    Wet reckless is an alcohol-related reckless driving charge. It is often a better option than a DUI conviction for those facing charges, since it has less severe consequences. The primary difference between a “wet” and “dry” reckless charge is whether or not your criminal record indicates that alcohol was involved.

    Penalties of a Wet Reckless Charges

    Although the penalties for a “wet reckless” conviction are substantially lower than those for a DUI conviction, you should still be prepared to face:

    • A fine of at least $200
    • Up to 90 days in jail (note, though, that very few people spend 90 days in jail)
    • Four prints on your records
    • Possibility of a six-month license suspension
    • Alcohol treatment or education

    Factors in Your Plea

    Negotiating a plea agreement is a complex part of any DUI case. If you are reading about wet reckless charges and starting to feel relieved that your DUI charges are behind you, there are no guarantees.

    The court does not always offer pleas to DUI offenders. Furthermore, the chances of getting a successful plea decrease if you try to handle things yourself without the help of an attorney. If you want the best possible outcome for a plea bargain, it is crucial to work with an experienced Pittsburgh DUI lawyer.

    While determining whether or not to offer a plea, the court may look at a number of factors:

    • Your BAC. The higher your BAC at the time of the arrest, the less likely it is that you will get charges reduced to a wet reckless. A higher BAC indicates that a driver intentionally drove while under the influence, while a driver with a BAC closer may have just overestimated their tolerance.
    • Prior DUI convictions. Past DUI convictions indicate a pattern of reckless and intentional behavior. When this occurs, the court is more likely to impose higher penalties to discourage similar behavior in the future. Past DUI convictions may not play a significant role if they were a long time ago.
    • Other past criminal offenses. A long criminal record could limit your plea bargain options.
    • Your driving history. If you have a mile-long list of speeding tickets and other traffic offenses, the court may be suspicious of your driving habits and general road safety. A wet reckless charge may not be an option for you.
    • Other charges from the same incident. The severity of the incident that led to the DUI also plays a role in your plea options. For example, if you caused a crash and injured someone, your charges are unlikely to be reduced. If you resisted arrest, fled the scene, or racked up other charges, the court may have less leniency with you.

    The Importance of a DUI Lawyer

    Having a DUI lawyer is crucial, even if this is your first DUI. They are much better at negotiating plea deals and they can provide quality advice regarding the consequences of a wet reckless conviction. Your attorney will detail how any conviction will affect your life and help you determine the best course of action.

    Call Us for Help With Your DUI Case

    You don’t have to face your DUI charges alone. With the experienced Pittsburgh DUI lawyers at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, you can give yourself the best chance at a fresh start.

    Schedule your free consultation now by reaching out online or calling us at (412) 281-2146.