San Diego Wet Reckless Attorney
In California, a “wet reckless” conviction occurs as a result of a DUI plea agreement. Wet reckless is not an offense that you are charged with but rather a crime that you may plead guilty to instead of DUI, which carries harsher penalties. Reckless driving is a violation of Vehicle Code 23103 and means that you drove “in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.”
When reckless driving occurs while the driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, Vehicle Code 23103.5 allows reckless driving to be a substitute for the harsher DUI charge. A “wet reckless” conviction will act as a prior DUI conviction for any DUI charge that occurs later. You will also have to enroll in a substance abuse program.
A “wet reckless” plea agreement is not always the best answer to a DUI charge and it requires an experienced criminal defense attorney to explain to you the benefits and drawbacks for your specific circumstances.