In Los Angeles, many individuals initially charged with a DUI may be eligible for a plea bargain, wherein they can plead to a lesser offense called “Wet Reckless.” In fact, a Wet Reckless plea bargain is the most common type of plea bargain offered by prosecutors to DUI offenders.
However, they do not offer this option to everyone, which is why it is so important that you have a top Los Angeles DUI attorney fighting for you. In most cases, but not all, in order to qualify for a Wet Reckless, you must be facing your first DUI charge. If you’ve been convicted of DUI, or even of Wet Reckless in the previous ten years, it will be more difficult to get the prosecutors to allow you to plea.
Benefits of Wet Reckless v. DUI in Los Angeles
The term “Wet Reckless” refers to a violation of the CVC wherein the driver is charged with reckless driving, and a notation indicates that alcohol was involved. However, for many individuals in Los Angeles, having a Wet Reckless on your driving record, is preferable to having a DUI on your record.
Although a Wet Reckless will still be reported to the DMV, and will remain on your record for 10 years, and the DMV still determines how long your license will be suspended, some of the more serious penalties which accompany a DUI conviction may be avoided. Some of the harshest potential penalties of a DUI conviction which may be eliminated through a Wet Reckless plea include:
- Maintaining professional licenses, which are at risk with a DUI conviction
- Maintaining eligibility for jobs which forbid those with a DUI
- Reduce or eliminate the possibility of jail time
- Eliminate the mandatory Ignition Interlock Device (breathalyzer) required after DUI conviction
- Reduction of fines
- Reduction in length of mandatory alcohol classes
Wet Reckless Penalties in Los Angeles
However, a Wet Reckless on your record does have consequences. The conviction will add two points to your driving record, which can drive up your insurance. In addition, the Wet Reckless will count as a prior DUI offense, if you’re charged with a subsequent DUI, and would be able to be used to enhance penalties.
Whether you’re facing your first charge of DUI, or a subsequent DUI, you need a Los Angeles DUI attorney with a proven record of success, and experience in trial. At Action Defense Law, our team of DUI and criminal defense attorneys are here to fight for you.
Contact us today for a free consultation by calling 747-DEFEND-U (747-333-3638)