Reckless endangerment in Lakewood, Arvada, and Golden involves acting in a way that risks physical harm to others. This misdemeanor offense can result in county jail time and fines. Too often, people in Jefferson County encounter an allegation of reckless endangerment for behavior that doesn't seem to pose a significant risk to anyone or perhaps was an accident. Whether you've been accused of these reckless acts around children, on the job, or elsewhere, our Lakewood criminal defense attorneys are here to help. Below we discuss reckless endangerment in more detail and how our lawyers can work to protect your future when prosecutors aim for a conviction.
Jefferson County Reckless Endangerment Law
Jefferson County's reckless endangerment law prohibits behavior that poses a risk of seriously injuring another person. CRS 18-3-208 addresses the crime of reckless endangerment throughout Colorado. You commit this crime in Lakewood, Golden, or Arvada if you:
- recklessly engage in conduct,
- that creates a substantial risk of serious bodily injury,
- to another person
Examples of reckless endangerment in Jefferson County are nearly endless. Sporadic driving, discharging a firearm indoors, or operating machinery after drinking alcohol can all lead to reckless endangerment charges. Furthermore, it isn't uncommon for this charge to accompany others such as assault, vehicular eluding, or menacing.
How Bad is Reckless Endangerment in Lakewood?
As a class 3 misdemeanor, a conviction for reckless endangerment can lead to:
- a county jail sentence of up to 6 months,
- fines of $50 - $750
It is important to note that this is can be in addition to the ramifications for other charges a defendant might be facing. Fortunately, a reckless endangerment conviction is eligible to be sealed. However, defendants must wait 2 years after the conclusion of the case to petition, unless the charge itself is dismissed.
Jefferson County Criminal Defense Attorney
When forming a defense to reckless endangerment allegations, hiring an experienced, strategic criminal lawyer is imperative. We have decades of combined experience fighting criminal charges in and around Jefferson County and our results speak for themselves. Perhaps the conduct in question was an accident, there wasn't a risk of serious bodily injury to anyone, or police tried to coerce a confession.
Nevertheless, contact our office for a free, confidential consultation. We will carefully evaluate your unique case, as well as suggest next steps in your defense. Our affordable fees and flexible payment plans make skilled representation a reality in tough times.
Don't talk to law enforcement about reckless endangerment - talk to us. 303-830-0880
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