In general, reckless endangerment is when a person has intentional and total disregard for safety of people and/or property. Prosecutors do not have to prove that a defendant intended to cause the harm that occurred. Instead, prosecutors need to prove the defendant understood their actions posed a great risk to people and/or property.
A person is guilty of this crime when they engage in conduct that does not amount to the level of a drive-by shooting. But their conduct is still reckless and creates a substantial risk of serious injury or death.
Recklessness means the person:
A charge of reckless endangerment can be the result of:
Yes, it is possible for a DUI charge to reduce to a reckless endangerment charge. This means the defendant was originally charged with a DUI, but prosecutors offered to charge the defendant with a lesser charge. To receive the reduced charge, the defendant has to either plead guilty or no contest.
In Washington State, reckless endangerment is charged as a gross misdemeanor. A conviction is punishable with up to 364 days in jail and fine of up to $1,000.
Yes. It’s important to hire a criminal lawyer to help you with your reckless endangerment case.
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