Everyone has lapses in judgment from time to time, and one such mistake is deciding to drive while intoxicated. Our skilled criminal defense attorneys understand that everyone makes mistakes, and they know that being charged with DWI can be devastating to you and your loved ones. What you may not know is that there are some circumstances in which it is possible to have a charge of DWI reduced to a charge of reckless driving, thereby avoiding the harsh penalties that accompany a Texas DWI conviction.
Texas has a statute that bars plea bargain convictions for what is referred to as “wet reckless” or reckless driving involving alcohol. However, DWI charges can sometimes be reduced. It is not easy to get DWI charges reduced to reckless driving charges, and the stronger the evidence against you, the less likely your charge is to be reduced. However, in some situations, a Plano prosecutor will consider reducing the charge of DWI to reckless driving.
In general, if you have no criminal record and this is your first DWI arrest and charge, and especially if there are any questions surrounding the legality of the stop, you may be a candidate for reduction. If you are convicted of reckless driving, it is a misdemeanor traffic conviction with a fine of $200.
Having charges reduced from DWI to reckless driving is an ideal resolution (outside of a dismissal of charges). The penalties pale in comparison to a DWI conviction, and you do not have the future consequences associated with DWI convictions.