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DUI vs. Wet Reckless in Los Angeles

DUI: California Vehicle Code 23512(a) driving under the influence of alcohol and CVC 23152(b) driving with .08% BAC blood alcohol content, if the first time, with no injuries, may have consequences of:

License suspension: 6 months to a 1 year
Probation: 3 to 5 years
DUI school: 3 months to 9 months
Court fines and penalty fees: $2,000 to $4,200
Jail time: 48 hours to 6 months
DMV record: 2 negligent operator points for 10 years

Wet Reckless, CVC 23103(a), 23103.5, is when your defense attorney gets the DUI charges dismissed in exchange for driving recklessly. A wet reckless is better than a DUI in many ways, including consequences as low as:

License suspension: None
Probation: 1 year
DUI school: 1 ½ months
Court fines: $750 to $4,200
Jail time: 0 to 90 days
DMV record: 2 points for 7 years

The benefits of Reckless instead of a DUI are also likely to be less impact on employment, lower insurance premiums, less social stigma, and being able to get the case dismissed in only a year.