wet reckless
A reckless driving charge that is labeled as "alcohol related." It is usually made as a result of a plea bargain in which a charge of drunk driving has been reduced. A "wet reckless" occurs when the amount of alcohol is borderline illegal, there was no accident, and the defendant has no prior record. If there is a subsequent drunk driving conviction the "wet reckless" is usually considered a "prior" drunk driving conviction and can result in a sentence required for a second conviction. (See also: drunk driving, plea bargain, DUI, DWI)
Category: DUI / DWI
Category: DUI / DWI & Traffic Tickets
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits
Category: Traffic Tickets

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

wet reckless
n.
   a plea to a charge of reckless driving which was "alcohol related." A wet reckless results from a plea bargain to reduce a charge of drunk driving when the amount of blood alcohol was borderline illegal, there was no accident and no prior record. The result is a lower fine, no jail time and no record of a drunk driving conviction, but if there is a subsequent drunk driving conviction the "wet reckless" will be considered a "prior" drunk driving conviction and result in a heavier sentence required for a second conviction.
   See also: plea bargain

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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