*Note: These fines are the base fines; penalty assessments are always added on for a “wet reckless” and DUI alike, and usually bring the amount to about 3x-4x the amount of base fine.
Example A: Michael is charged and convicted of a first-time DUI in 2010. In 2016, Michael was charged and convicted of a separate DUI. Because the 2016 DUI occurred within 10 years of the 2010 DUI, this will count as his 2nd DUI, and he will be punished much more harshly.
Example B: Michael is charged and convicted of DUI in 2010. In 2016, Michael gets charged with DUI, but his lawyer is able to negotiate a “wet reckless” plea bargain. Even though the “wet reckless” occurred within 10 years of the 2010 DUI, this will likely NOT count as his 2nd DUI, and therefore Michael’s punishment will be much more lenient than a 2nd DUI punishment.