Drivers in California who have been involved in a driving offense while they were intoxicated may be charged with a "wet reckless". This charge may be offered by the state's prosecuting attorney as a lowered offense and may allow the driver to avoid a driving under the influence or DUI charge.
Wet reckless charges may result in reduced jail time, lower fines, no mandatory license suspension and less alcohol education courses. The main benefit of a wet reckless conviction may only be realized if the driver does not get a second DUI conviction. Drivers who are convicted of a second DUI after they are charged with a wet reckless may have their license suspended and they may lose their right to a Department of Motor Vehicle Hearing. Insurance companies may also fail to recognize a wet reckless charge as anything less than a DUI or driving under the influence of alcohol conviction and drivers may lose their car insurance or have to pay higher car insurance premiums.
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