Question: I was charged with a DUI, but someone stated I should try to get a wet reckless. What does that mean?
Answer: Often times, an Attorney will try to reduce a DUI charge to a lesser charge. One possibility is a VC 23103 per 23103.5; otherwise known as a wet reckless, which may carry less penalties (ie. lower fines, no license suspension, no interlock device requirement…) than a DUI conviction. Note though that if you were to get another DUI in 10 years, the wet reckless would be treated as a DUI for purposes of the 2nd DUI. In short, the other DUI would be treated as a 2nd offense DUI, even though your first DUI was technically dismissed. Further, a Wet reckless is still a misdemeanor and still 2 points on your driving record. That being said, there are benefits (ie. sometime employment benefits) to getting a DUI reduced to a wet reckless on top of the other benefits I listed above.
Call me at (818) 336-1384 for clarification or any questions you have. I know the above can be a bit confusing.
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