I plead to a wet reckless a few months ago when I was arrested for a DUI. The job application is asking me if I've ever been convicted of any offense.
If I have to answer yes to this question, do I have to mention the DUI? or is wet reckless considered reckless driving
Yes, it's a conviction. As far as I know a wet reckless--alcohol-related reckless driving-- is a misdemeanor, and less serious, with less serious consequences, than a DUI. But it is a criminal offense.
Not legal advice as I don't practice law in California. It's just my two cents in response to your question, based on general principles of law. If you need legal advice, please consult a lawyer who holds California licensure. That's not me.
As a general rule, being truthful up front is probably better than lying and hoping they don't find out about it later. So the answer to that question is, technically, yes. However, if they don't want an explanation, you can probably just get by with that. A "wet" is a type of reckless driving, but it is also considered a subset of DUI offenses. The choice is really up to you as far as what you want to call it.
Here is the kicker, depending on when you got your conviction and whether you are eligible for it, you can expunge (or dismiss) this case. It would show up on your background check as a dismissal. Your arrest would show, your conviction would show and then your dismissal would show.
You can do this, but it takes some time...
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