Wet Reckless in California
A Wet Reckless is the nickname for the California Vehicle Code (VC) Section 23103 per VC 23013.5 charge of reckless driving involving alcohol.
Wet Reckless When your Blood Alcohol levels are close to .08, and if your driving and Field Sobriety Tests are not bad, the prosecutor might offer a plea bargain that is called a wet reckless. A wet reckless is the name for the Vehicle Code (VC) Section 23103 per VC 23013.5 charge of reckless driving involving alcohol. A wet reckless is really a kinder, gentler DUI, a watered down DUI if you will. It is a prior on your record, which means if you get another DUI in the next 10 years it is considered your second DUI. A wet reckless usually means a little less in fines, probation, alcohol program, and no court suspension on your license. The problems with a wet reckless are it's essentially a DUI on your record and insurance companies usually treat it as a DUI.
Dry Reckless / Speed Ex: If your Breath Results were .06, .07 or .08 then you really want to fight the DUI charges and try and get the plea bargain of a Dry Reckless (Reckless Driving not involving alcohol) or Exhibition of Speeding (Speed Ex). These charges are not alcohol related and do not hang over your head for 10 years like a DUI and wet reckless do.