A wet reckless is often known as a reduction to a DUI. It is a violation of Vehicle Code Section 23103 per 23103.5. The term is commonly known as driving recklessly with alcohol involved-“wet reckless.” A wet reckless is similar to a DUI in that it is prior-able, meaning if a person pleads guilty to a wet reckless and gets charged with a DUI within the next 10 years, it will be considered a second offense.<!–more–> Like a DUI, a wet reckless conviction will result in two points on your driving record.
While a wet reckless conviction is still serious, there are a number of benefits to pleading guilty to a wet reckless rather than a DUI. For a first offense, a wet reckless charge carries no mandatory alcohol class, there is no additional license suspension imposed by the DMV upon a wet reckless conviction. Furthermore, the new law imposed pursuant to Vehicle Code Section 23154 (a): Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol While on Probation for A Prior DUI, does not apply. Therefore, if a person is on probation for a wet reckless and caught driving with a measurable amount of alcohol, while the person will be violating his/her probation, he/she will not be subject to the additional penalties of Vehicle Code Section 23154 and will not face the additional one year license suspension.
Depending on the circumstances of your case, a wet reckless plea may be able to be negotiated by a skilled competent DUI attorney. Wet reckless reductions are most likely in the case of a blood alcohol content of 0.10% or less. Contact the Parker Law Center today to determine if a wet reckless plea is optimal in your case.