A "wet reckless" in Vista Courts and throughout California is a lesser charge often used in plea bargaining in DUI cases that are weak or have problems. It is described generally in California Vehicle Code (VC) 23103(a) per VC 23103.5 driving recklessly with alcohol in your system. This is not admitting to driving under the influence or over the legal limit. Regardless whether you were actually driving recklessly, it is used as a lesser charge. The penalties are much less, however, it still stays on your DMV record for 10 years and counts as a prior for purposes of greater penalties for any future DUI convictiions. It has no effect on any DMV alcohol suspension, DMV actions are separate.
A "Wet Reckless" conviction counts like a DUI prior for future offenses throughout California, not just Vista Courts. A reckless driving with alcohol in your sytem is commonly referred to as a "wet Reckless" and is often used as a stipulated lesser offense in negotiating driving under the influence cases. The defendant gets a lesser charge that has only 3 years probation instead of the usual 5 years in a DUI case, the minimum fine is usually about $ 1200 versus $ 2100, and the same drinking driver program is required if the driver was .08 or more. The District Attorney gets a priorable offense which will cause a future DUI to be considered a second for all purposes.