Making mistakes is a universal truth. We all fall short sometimes. Unfortunately, in our society it seems that too often criminal charges are filed after someone has just made a mistake. I read a perfect example of criminal charges being filed after an accident the other day, when a high school teacher / photographer at the U.S. Open tennis tournament accidentally crashed his drone while shooting images of the Unisphere as the sun was setting. To the man's dismay, however, the drone began to malfunction and ended up falling into the seats close to the end of the match. Thankfully, no one was injured, but the teacher is now being charged with Reckless Endangerment.
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What is Reckless Endangerment in Douglas County?
In Douglas and Adams County, Reckless Endangerment, C.R.S. 18-3-208, is charged when:
“A person 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.”
In many cases in Douglas County, Colorado, men and women are charged with this crime for accidents or situations which have gotten out of control. For example, perhaps two people are climbing together. One climber accidentally drops a water bottle and it happens to hit someone walking on the trail beneath where they two are climbing. Would the climber be charged with Reckless Endangerment? Too often situations like these leave innocent people facing Douglas County Jail time. That's why a Reckless Endangerment criminal defense attorney is imperative – you need someone who will fight hard to protect your future.
Aurora Reckless Endangerment for Crashing Drone: Charged Even When You've Made a Mistake
I don't see much of a difference between the example I provided above and the example of the man in the news story. Both situations describe people who have just made a mistake. The teacher in the news story likely didn't expect his drone to malfunction if he was hoping to take pictures with it. But, because the drone did malfunction and fell into the seats where people were sitting, an Arapahoe County District Attorney might argue he was recklessly engaged in conduct that created a substantial risk of serious bodily injury. However, it seems to me like it would be difficult to prove the man was recklessly engaged in his conduct of flying the drone. “Recklessly” (18-1-501) means a person consciously disregards a substantial and unjustifiable risk that a result will occur or that a circumstance exists. I don't know about you, but I don't know how often someone would think a drone would happen to malfunction right when an important event was occurring. It seems unlikely that the man disregarded any risk of the drone malfunctioning and crashing at the tournament.
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