wet reckless is not a criminal charge, it’s a plea bargain used by
DUI defense attorneys to help a
DUI defendant avoid a conviction for driving under the influence (DUI). Law
enforcement cannot arrest you for wet reckless, but the prosecution may
offer it to you as an alternative to an actual DUI charge.
Obviously, the goal of any defense lawyer is to get the client's charges
dismissed, but if the evidence makes this is impossible, the attorney
strives to get the prosecutor to agree to a wet reckless instead of a
DUI, which has
What exactly is a plea bargain? It’s an agreement between the defense
and the prosecutor were the prosecution makes a concession (such as a
lesser charge or reduced sentence) in exchange for the defendant’s
Wet reckless driving is one of the most common plea bargains utilized in
DUI cases. Other reduced charges include "dry reckless," multiple
traffic infractions, and "exhibition of speed."
Is wet reckless your best option?
A wet reckless plea comes with several advantages. Unlike a typical DUI
conviction, it does not involve mandatory sentencing for repeat offenders.
Additionally, wet reckless usually involves a shorter jail sentence.
A first-time DUI conviction is punishable by six months in jail; the maximum
sentence for wet reckless driving is 90 days. Subsequent DUIs are punishable
by one year in jail (more time for a felony conviction), but the limit
for wet reckless driving is the same. Similarly, fines and probation for
wet reckless are generally less than DUI.
What are the disadvantages of a wet reckless?
Multiple wet reckless charges will not accumulate stronger penalties, but
a wet reckless conviction is counted as a "priorable" offense
if you are convicted of drunk driving in the future.
This means that if you’re convicted of DUI at a later date, your
previous wet reckless allows the court to impose enhanced penalties. Additionally,
a wet reckless conviction still allows the California DMV (Department
of Motor Vehicles) to suspend your license under certain circumstances.
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