What is Wet and Reckless Driving in California?
The phrase “wet reckless” or “wet reckless driving” is one that may be heard in conjunction with DUI (driving under the influence) cases in California. This is actually a charge reduction frequently made in DUI plea agreements.
Wet reckless is not its own offense but is actually charged under California Vehicle Code § 23103(a) or § 23103(b) as reckless driving with a note that drugs and/or alcohol were involved. A wet reckless conviction can result in incarceration and fines, and will count as a prior for any future DUI convictions.
Were you arrested for DUI? Are you interested in learning more about wet reckless and whether it may be a beneficial plea agreement for you? An Atascadero DUI lawyer at the 805 Law Group can help.
We realize that every single DUI case is different and that there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to challenging these charges or determining whether to accept a wet reckless plea agreement. When you choose our firm, we will work to find real solutions that apply to your unique situation.
Advantages of a Wet and Reckless Over a DUI
- With wet and reckless, there is no mandatory court-ordered driver’s license suspension
- There may be a shorter potential jail sentence as well as a shorter probation period
- DUI schooling can be reduced
- It won’t stay on your driving record permanently, usually 10 years
Penalties for Wet Reckless Driving in San Luis Obispo & Atascadero, CA
A wet reckless conviction may result in the following penalties and other consequences:
- 5 to 90 days in county jail
- A fine of $145 to $1,000
- 2 points on your California driver’s license
- Increased insurance rates
With wet reckless driving convictions, there are typically no mandatory minimum penalties, you may not be required to participate in a DUI program, and you will not require the installation of an ignition interlock device in your vehicle. The specific penalties will depend on the circumstances surrounding the case and the plea bargain that is agreed upon by the prosecution and defense.