This is what I was told, "Wet Reckless, or a conviction of reckless driving involving alcohol, as a result of a plea bargain in which a charge of drunk driving is reduced to a case of reckless driving in NJ. Would a DWAI in NY State can be recognized as a "Wet Reckless" in NJ?
It is my understanding that under MY law, a DWAI (Driving while ability impaired) in NY means it is unlawful to operate a motor vehicle while your ability to operate a motor vehicle is impaired by the consumption of alcohol. This offense is most commonly seen when a driver's BAC is between 0.05 and 0.07 percent.
New Jersey does not have a similar statute. A NY conviction for DWAI would not qualify as a DWI under NJ law. If convicted in NY, the NY MVC is supposed to report the conviction to NJ MVC under the Interstate Driver's License Compact. It is not always reported and usually takes some time when it is reported. If reported, he NJ MVC will take such administrative action as it deems fit under its regulations but, it should not consider it to be a second offense DWI.
Further, if you have a first offense NJ DWI and a first offense NY DWAI, if there is another incident leading to an arrest for DWI in NJ, you would be facing a second offense DWI in NJ.
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