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9 month probation wet and reckless dui

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what is the different between a wet and reckless and dui. i only got 9 months of probation for my wet and reckless, but i read online that people get 3 years with a dui probation how is that possible.

Attorney Answers 5

  1. It is a reduced charge. That is why probation is shorter.

  2. 3 years probation is standard on a first time DUI. 2 years probation is typical on a wet reckless. However, it is not uncommon to negotiate a shorter or longer probation on a wet reckless plea bargain. Hope that helps.

    Jasen Nielsen

  3. It will depend on the county that you are in. A wet is a reduced charge that is negotiated with the DA and usually ranges from 1 year to 3 years. If you got 9 months consider yourself lucky.
    Robert Driessen

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  4. A wet reckless is a lesser offense of a DUI. The probation term is shorter
    and the fines generally less BUT it is priorable just like a DUI. That
    means for the next 10 years if you are arrested again yiu can be charged
    with a second, or third, etc.. Your probation tem seem unusually short you
    should check that. The minimum probation is 1 year by statute.

  5. Totally concur with Mr. Driessen. 9 months of Probation is HIGHLY unusual for a Wet Reckless. 2 years is usually as low as it goes. The primary difference between a wet reckless and a DUI is the fine and the class. A Wet Reckless is, for most purposes a DUI. It is a prior for the Court and the DMV. Personally, I don't consider a Wet Reckless anything more than a moral victory, but if you indeed received 9 months of probation you can get the case off your record much much sooner than the typical DUI or Wet Reckless case.

    Brian Michaels
    Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyer

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