A “wet and reckless” conviction is a term used in some states to describe a reduced charge for a DUI (Driving Under the Influence) offense. The charge is typically reduced to “reckless driving” and may involve a lower fine and shorter probation period than a standard DUI conviction.
The term “wet” in “wet and reckless” refers to the presence of alcohol or drugs in the driver’s system at the time of the arrest. In some cases, a prosecutor may offer a plea bargain to reduce a DUI charge to wet and reckless if the defendant’s BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) was at the lower end of the spectrum or if there are other mitigating circumstances in the case.
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The specific terms and requirements of a wet and reckless conviction can vary depending on the state and jurisdiction. However, in general, a wet and reckless conviction is a less serious offense than a DUI and may not carry the same mandatory penalties, such as license suspension or ignition interlock device installation.
It’s important to note that a wet and reckless conviction still counts as a prior alcohol-related offense if the driver is charged with another DUI in the future. In some states, a wet and reckless can also result in increased insurance rates and potentially affect employment or professional licensing.
Reckless driving is defined by VTL 1212 as: driving or using any motor vehicle, motorcycle or any other vehicle propelled by any power other than muscular power or any appliance or accessory thereof in a manner which unreasonably interferes with the free and proper use of the public highway, or unreasonably endangers users of the public highway. Reckless driving is prohibited. Every person violating this provision shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
Essentially, reckless driving means the driver operated a motor vehicle that deviates from the normal way people drive. An example of this would be intentionally running someone off the road.
Reckless Driving is a non-alcohol related offense, and could result in points on your license, fines, surcharges, probation, and even jail. If you are charged with Reckless Driving you should contact an attorney.