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Can I Get My DUI Charge Reduced?

A DUI arrest can be a traumatic and emotionally overwhelming experience, especially if it is the first criminal offense of your life.

Even if obtaining a not guilty verdict seems difficult, the prosecution may consider resolving the case by offering you with a plea bargain that reduces your DUI charge. This is often the case when it is the defendant’s first DUI offense, their blood alcohol content is at or just below the legal limit, or there is an issue with proving a reasonable doubt.

One of the most common types of reduced DUI charges is “wet reckless,” according to California Vehicle Code § 23103/23103.5 VC. Wet reckless is a type of reckless driving charge that is only given to those who are accused of drunk driving. You cannot be arrested for wet reckless, which means the only way to obtain this charge is to get a DUI downgraded.

Here are the advantages of a wet reckless charge:

  • Less jail time – A first-time DUI conviction can result in a jail term of up to six months. By contrast, a wet reckless conviction is punishable by a maximum 90-day jail sentence.
  • No license suspension – A first-time DUI conviction carries a mandatory six-month license suspension period. On the other hand, a wet reckless conviction does not result in losing your driving privileges.
  • Lower fines – A first-time DUI conviction is punishable by a maximum $3,000 fine. Fines of a wet reckless conviction can add up to $1,000.

At the Law Offices of Evan E. Zelig, P.C., we are dedicated to helping you get the best results possible. If our firm is unable to get your entire case dismissed, we can attempt to significantly reduce your charges by obtaining a wet reckless charge. Let us investigate your case, analyze evidence collected by the police, and find weaknesses in the prosecution’s case to help you avoid jail time and other serious penalties.

For more information about our legal service, contact the Law Offices of Evan E. Zelig, P.C. today and schedule a free consultation.