What to expect for a first offense underge DUI?

UPDATED: Oct 17, 2011

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What to expect for a first offense underge DUI?

I was recently pulled over for coasting through a right turn on red (instead of making the full stop), and then was breathalyzed and found with .11 BAC. I was given custody release but no one was available to pick me up, so I spent the night in jail. I’m 20 and a junior in college. I need to know what to expect for the upcoming process? I’ve read about “wet reckless” plea bargaining. Does this apply to me, and what does that entail? Should I speak with a DUI attorney? I’m in Watauga County, NC.

Asked on October 17, 2011 under Criminal Law, North Carolina


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Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

A "wet reckless" plea bargain is essentially a driving under the influence conviction. Its only benefit is that the fines and jail time as opposed to a driving under the influence conviction would be less. However your driving privileges would be restricted and if you are subsequently convicted for a driving under the influence, the "wet reckless" would be considered and enhancement for additional penalties for any subsequent conviction for driving under the influence.

Prudence suggests that you consult with a criminal defense attorney experienced in driving under the influence matters to assist you in your current predicament and the resolution of the matter that you write about to your benefit.

Good luck.

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