What is the difference between a DUI and "wet" reckless?
When you are involved in an alcohol related driving offense there are many legal terms that might be used in your case. The most common terms are DUI, DWI and "wet" reckless. The term DUI stands for driving under the influence, and is interchangeable with the term DWI, which stands for driving while intoxicated. The legal system in California only uses the term DUI when either drug or alcohol induced impaired driving is at issue. Even if somebody uses the term DWI on accident in California, they are referring to a DUI. There is, however, a significant difference between a DUI conviction and a "wet" reckless conviction.
The "wet" reckless charge was devised to provide an incentive for DUI defendants to enter into a plea bargain, in fact a "wet" reckless is not something you can actually be arrested for. There is technically no actual law on the books that defines a "wet" reckless, rather CVC 23103.5 allows a defendant to make a plea of no contest on a lesser charge of CVC 23103 for reckless driving with a notation that alcohol was involved.
A "wet" reckless offers the following benefits over a DUI:
Here is what a "wet" reckless will not do for you:
As you can see a "wet" reckless will not eliminate many of the punitive requirements that accompany a DUI, but there are several reasons why a "wet" reckless is preferable to a DUI.
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