THE WET RECKLESS OPTION IN DUI CASES

Posted on: July 29, 2015 by in DUI
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Orange County DUI defense lawyerCalifornia Vehicle Code 23103 and 23103.5

DUI suspects in the state of California are sometimes provided with the chance to avoid a conviction for DUI by pleading instead to a “wet reckless” charge. It’s not a crime that the police can charge against you; wet reckless is the monopoly, so to speak, of California’s prosecutors. Under California Vehicle Code 23103 and 23103.5, wet reckless is sometimes offered to DUI suspects as a plea bargain option. If the case against you is “open and shut,” agreeing to the wet reckless plea bargain may in fact be your best alternative, or it may not. If you’re charged in Orange County with driving under the influence, speak first – and immediately – with an experienced Orange County DUI defense lawyer.

A nolo contendere plea to a wet reckless charge keeps a DUI conviction off your record, so if you drive for a living or hold a professional license, your employment shouldn’t be affected. Your fine will probably be lower, and you’ll avoid any time in jail. However, the California Department of Motor Vehicles may still act to suspend your license temporarily, and if you are charged again with DUI within the first ten years after a wet reckless conviction, California courts will consider that wet reckless conviction to be the equivalent of a previous DUI conviction.

No outcome can ever be promised in any specific criminal case, but an experienced Orange County DUI defense lawyer will fight aggressively on your behalf to bring your DUI case to its best possible conclusion. If there’s any flaw or error in the state’s case against you, a good DUI lawyer will find that flaw and use it to your advantage. If you are accused of driving under the influence in Orange County or anywhere in southern California, don’t delay. Get the legal help you need and contact an experienced DUI defense lawyer as quickly as possible.

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