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Washington State Reckless Endangerment

What is Reckless Endangerment Driving Charge?

Texting And Driving Leading To Reckless Endangerment Driving

Reckless endangerment driving is a type of criminal offense that sometimes arises in relation to driving under the influence (DUI) charges. This charge refers to a driver creating a physically dangerous situation for another person on the road. Someone can be accused with a reckless endangerment penalty, despite if he or she did not have intentions of creating a risky situation that could potentially harm another driver or person on the road.

If you are facing these criminal charges, it is important that you seek aggressive defense. Our team of dedicated Lynnwood DUI lawyers have the experience needed to protect you and secure your future. With your future is on the line, trusted the team that has your best interests in mind. Trust DUI Heroes.

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Reckless Endangerment Driving Charge

The Revised Code of Washington § 9A.36.050, an individual is guilty of reckless endangerment when they engage in conduct – with the exclusion of a drive-by-shooting – that places other people at substantial risk for suffering serious physical injury or death. Simply acting in a way that shows any sort of disregard of any potential consequence in relation to death or physical injury is enough to result in a reckless endangerment charge. These charges carry harsh penalties and can be avoid if you seek aggressive DUI defense quickly.

Reckless Endangerment in Washington

In Washington, individuals may face reckless endangerment charges for non-DUI related circumstances, including carrying a weapon while driving or other negligent forms of conduct not related to driving. Reckless endangerment is not an explicit DUI or driving offense and motorists who are suspected of a DUI are not typically charged with reckless endangerment at the time of their arrest. Instead, reckless endangerment allegations relating to driving under the influence usually arise in the form of a charge reduction.

How Much Time Do You Get For Reckless Endangerment Penalty?

In Washington, reckless endangerment is charged as a gross misdemeanor and is punishable by up to $5,000 in fines, up to one year in jail, or both. Other penalties may include probation, driver's license suspensions and restrictions, and the numerous repercussions that come with having a criminal conviction on one's record. Oftentimes our Lynwwod DUI defense attorneys are able to dismiss these charges or in other situations, our team can have these penalties reduced.

Reducing DUI Charges to Reckless Endangerment

Depending on the nature and facts concerning a DUI case, reckless endangerment may be a viable option for reducing charges and penalties. When an individual is charged with a DUI, they face a number of penalties from both the criminal court and from the Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL). Drivers who are able to successfully reduce a DUI charge to reckless endangerment may therefore reduce their criminal penalties and may not experience any negative impact to their driving privileges.

Motorists who have a prior DUI conviction on their record may also find that reducing their new DUI charge to reckless endangerment allows them to avoid additional driver's license penalties, including the installation of an ignition interlock device (IID). It must be mentioned, however, that reckless endangerment can be considered a prior DUI conviction if a driver is charged with a DUI in the future.

Review Your Options After Facing a DUI Allegation

Reducing DUI allegations to reckless endangerment can be a beneficial defense strategy for many individuals, but it is not always a favorable or possible option for everyone. As such, it is highly advised that anyone facing a DUI allegation in Lynnwood or any of the surrounding communities learn more about their unique defense and available options by speaking personally with a Lynnwood DUI attorney.

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