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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 "California 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:

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

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Neil Shouse

A former Los Angeles prosecutor, attorney Neil Shouse graduated with honors from UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School (and completed additional graduate studies at MIT). He has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, Dr Phil, Court TV, The Today Show and Court TV. Mr Shouse has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Criminal and Top 100 Civil Attorneys.

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