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Wet Reckless Attorney in Napa County 

Expert Defense for Wet Reckless Charges in Napa County

If you've been charged with driving under the influence (DUI) in Napa County, California, you may have the opportunity to negotiate a reduced charge known as a "wet reckless." At Wilber Law Offices, P.C., we specialize in DUI defense and have extensive experience securing favorable outcomes for clients facing wet reckless charges. Our dedicated attorneys will fight to protect your rights, minimize the impact on your life, and achieve the best possible resolution for your case.

Contact our team today at (707) 289-7006 to discuss your case in a FREE consultation with our Napa County wet reckless lawyers.

What is a Wet Reckless Charge in California?

A wet reckless, also known as reckless driving involving alcohol, is a lesser offense than DUI that may be offered as a plea bargain in certain DUI cases. Unlike DUI, which is a separate criminal charge, a wet reckless can only be obtained through negotiation with the prosecution. It carries lighter penalties and is often pursued when the prosecution believes their case has weaknesses.

Understanding the Difference Between Wet Reckless and DUI

While both wet reckless and DUI involve alcohol-related driving offenses, there are significant differences between the two:

  • Legal Classification: A wet reckless conviction is not considered a DUI conviction and will not appear as such on your record. However, it can still be considered a prior offense if you are charged with DUI again in the future.
  • Penalties: Wet reckless typically carries lighter penalties than DUI, including shorter jail sentences and no mandatory license suspension. However, it can still result in fines, points on your driver's license, and potential insurance consequences.
  • Availability: Whether a wet reckless plea bargain is available depends on various factors, including the strength of the prosecution's case and your prior criminal history. Ultimately, the decision rests with the prosecuting attorney.

Penalties for a Wet Reckless Charge in California

While wet reckless carries lighter penalties than DUI, it is still a misdemeanor offense in California. Penalties for a wet reckless conviction may include:

  • Jail time of up to 90 days in the county jail.
  • Fines and court fees.
  • Two points added to your California driver's license, which could lead to license suspension if you accumulate additional points.
  • Potential insurance consequences, including increased premiums.

Seeking Legal Guidance from a DUI Attorney

Deciding whether to accept a wet reckless plea bargain is a significant decision that requires careful consideration of your options and potential consequences. While a wet reckless may offer advantages over a DUI conviction, it is essential to weigh the pros and cons with the guidance of an experienced DUI attorney.

At Wilber Law Offices, P.C., we are dedicated to providing strategic legal representation and personalized guidance to individuals facing DUI and wet reckless charges in Napa County. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and discuss your case with a knowledgeable attorney. We are here to protect your rights and help you navigate the legal process with confidence.

Contact our team today at (707) 289-7006 to discuss your case in a FREE consultation with our Napa County wet reckless lawyers.

No Jail Time
Client charged with a violation of probation and 3rd DUI - a wet reckless with no jail time was offered prior to the start of litigation of a suppression motion.
  • Case Dismissed
    Battery charge dismissed halfway through trial, and the jury hung on the resisting charge.
  • Case Dismissed
    But case later overturned on appeal based on arguments made by our counsel during the trial that the blood test was inadmissible and that there was no time of driving established by the evidence.
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