The City of Goleta is located in the County of Santa Barbara. Therefore, crimes in the City of Goleta are prosecuted by the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office. The Santa Barbara County District Attorney (D.A.) takes DUI crimes very seriously. As a result, the D.A. is often unwilling to reduce DUI charges to wet and reckless (VC 23103.5) or dry and reckless (VC 23103). However, an experienced Goleta DUI Lawyer may be able to reduce your DUI charge, particularly if the blood alcohol content (BAC) is less than .10%.
Goleta Law Enforcement
While the District Attorney is responsible for charging and prosecuting crimes, law enforcement is responsible for patrolling the streets and responding to calls. In Goleta, the two main law enforcement units are the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department and the California Highway Patrol.
What is a DUI?
A “DUI” is operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content that is over the legal limit, or while “under the influence” of alcohol, drugs, or both.
What is the Legal Limit?
- 0.08% or higher― 21 years old or older operating a regular passenger vehicle;
- 0.04% or higher―operating a commercial vehicle;
- 0.01% or higher―younger than 21 years old.
What is Wet and Reckless?
Wet and reckless is a term for reducing a DUI charge to a reckless driving charge under California Vehicle Code section 23103.5.
How do I get a Wet and Reckless?
A wet and reckless can only be obtained by striking a deal with the District Attorney.
What is the difference between “Wet” and “Dry”?
- Wet and reckless is considered a prior DUI for court and DMV purposes. If you receive another DUI conviction it will be treated as your second DUI.
- Wet and reckless involves the use of drugs, alcohol, or both. The prosecutor must file a statement with the court describing how drugs or alcohol were involved in the offense.