If you have been charged with Reckless Endangerment in Douglas or Arapahoe County, you are most likely overwhelmed. You might have been taken to jail for the first time in your life. You might not know where to turn for answers, and your first inclination might be to handle things on your own. It is important to stay calm and consider your options. Don't speak to the Denver police. Because this charge is serious, you will need an experienced criminal defense attorney at your side to assure the best possible outcome in your case.
If you have been charged with Reckless Endangerment, stay calm and contact an attorney.
What is Reckless Endangerment?
What does this accusation mean? A person will be charged with Reckless Endangerment if their conduct “creates a substantial risk of serious bodily injury to another person.” Sometimes, injuries occur in these cases. But usually, a man or woman will be charged with this crime even when another person is not harmed, simply because police in Adams County think the defendant knew that her actions could pose a threat to another driver or individual.
Examples of Reckless Endangerment in Colorado
Reckless Behavior with Children
Driving with children in the car while intoxicated in the Denver metro area.
A climbing wall instructor belays patrons while intoxicated.
Reckless with Firearms
Shooting a firearm (such as a handgun or rifle) within city limits
Weaving in and out of traffic in a dangerous, hurried way.
Cutting another person off in traffic, causing a car accident.
Shooting a bow and arrow in a residential area or park.
Serious Consequences Need A Serious Lawyer
When a person pleads guilty or is convicted of Reckless Endangerment in Jefferson County or anywhere in Colorado, his life is changed forever. From the moment of sentencing, he will forever have a criminal record. There will be court cost and fines to pay. Not only that, but there are other penalties as well. These include but are not limited to the following:
- Anger Management Class
- Community Service
- Jail Time (up to six months or time off with probation)
- Inability to Own a Firearm
- Restraining or Protection Order (learn more about Restraining / Protection Orders)
Colorado Reckless Endangerment Lawyer
Because of the seriousness of this offense, you need an experienced criminal attorney who knows how to formulate a defense which will have a favorable outcome. When representing someone who has been accused of Reckless Endangerment, we take proving your innocence personally.
Here at O'Malley and Sawyer, we offer many resources, such as:
- Expert Witnesses
- Accident Reconstruction
- Specialized Investigators
- Experience with District Attorneys
All these resources are at our disposal as we dig for evidence to defend your future. We fight aggressively for our clients and spend many hours developing your defense. Don't stand alone in court, or hire an inexperienced, overwhelmed lawyer who can't focus on your case. You need someone to fight on your behalf for your future and your life.
Colorado Reckless Endangerment Statute: C.R.S. 18-3-208
“A person who recklessly engages in conduct which creates a substantial risk of serious bodily injury to another person commits reckless endangerment, which is a class 3 misdemeanor."