Reckless Endangerment Charges
Reckless Endangerment can be considered a “catch-all” crime that covers a wide range of behaviors that do not result in actual injuries. RCW 9a.36.050 states “[a] person is guilty of reckless endangerment when he or she reckless engages in conduct not amount to drive-by shooting but that creates a substantial risk of death or physical injury to another person. Reckless Endangerment is a gross misdemeanor, which carries a maximum penalty of 364 days in jail and a $5,000 fine. If you are not a citizen of the United States, a conviction to Reckless Endangerment carries adverse immigration consequences.
Reckless Endangerment as a reduction for my DUI?
Because there are a variety of ways for the prosecutor to prove this crime, Reckless Endangerment is another crime that a DUI may be reduced to. A reduction from a DUI to a Reckless Endangerment is a very good reduction for the following nonexclusive reasons: (1) your driver’s license will not be suspended or revoked; (2) a Reckless Endangerment will show up on your driving record and will not affect insurance rates; (3) There is no mandatory ignition interlock device requirement; and (4) no mandatory minimum confinement or fines – as compared to a DUI conviction.
However, Reckless Endangerment will count as a “prior conviction” for sentencing purposes should you be arrested for another DUI within 7 years, which would raise your mandatory minimum jail time and fines. To find out what other consequences there are for a Reckless Endangerment charge, contact Ms. Odama for a free consultation.
Ms. Odama has extensive experience representing persons charged with Reckless Endangerment charges. If you are charged with Reckless Endangerment, do not delay – contact Ms. Odama right away.