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Can I enter Canada with a California "wet reckless" on my record?

Posted by Neil Shouse | May 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

If you are charged with California DUI and plead guilty to California "wet reckless" as a plea bargain--then you may find that you are unable to travel to Canada.

Travel to Canada with a DUI can be difficult or impossible, because Canadian immigration law prevents anyone with a serious criminal conviction from entering the country.

Many people think that, by accepting a "wet reckless" conviction as a plea bargain, they can avoid the stigma associated with a DUI. Unfortunately, for purposes of Canadian law, a "wet reckless" is treated exactly the same as a DUI.

Even a less-serious "dry reckless" conviction can keep you from traveling to Canada--depending on the circumstances of the offense.

But there are ways to get into Canada even with a DUI or wet reckless. These include:

  • Being "deemed rehabilitated" or applying for "individual rehabilitation" under Canadian law;
  • Obtaining an expungement of your criminal record; and
  • Obtaining a Canadian temporary resident permit.

Refer to our article, "Can a plea bargain help me if I'm arrested for DUI in California?"

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Neil Shouse

Southern California DUI Defense attorney Neil Shouse graduated with honors from UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School (and completed additional graduate studies at MIT).

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