Crimes against people

Reckless Endangerment

The lawyers at Ashbach Law Offices, LLC provide aggressive, strong defense for those charged with reckless endangerment throughout Skagit, Snohomish, King and Whatcom Counties. Our goal is to aggressively protect you, your family and your interests from the prosecution, saving jail time, licenses, occupations and reputations. With offices in Marysville and Mill Creek, Washington, we are available to meet you discuss your case. We help good people in bad situations. Let us help you.

“Reckless” Behavior


Reckless endangerment is recklessly engaging in conduct not amounting to drive-by shooting that creates a substantial risk of death or serious physical injury to another person.

A person is said to be reckless or acting recklessly when he or she knows of and disregards a substantial risk that a wrongful act may occur and this disregard is a gross deviation from conduct that a reasonable person would exercise in the same situation.

Serious Physical Injury


“Serious Physical Injury” is not defined by statute and there is no case law defining that phrase. “Physical Injury” means physical pain or injury, illness or an impairment of physical condition. So presumable “Serious Physical Injury” means something more.

Punishment


It is punishable as a Gross Misdemeanor, with a maximum penalty of 364 days in jail and/or a $5000 fine. Unlike a Reckless Driving charge, there is no license suspension or revocation.

Other Ramifications


A court may, upon conviction, issue a No Contact Order (anti-harassment) as part of the judgment and sentence.

If the offense involved family or household members, making it a “domestic violence” crime, a court may enter a domestic violence No Contact Order as part of the judgment and sentence.

Ashbach Law Offices, LLC, aggressively represents clients charged with Reckless Endangerment offenses throughout the Washington I-5 corridor, covering Skagit, Snohomish, King and Whatcom Counties. Regular courts of practice include, but are not limited to, Anacortes, Arlington, Bellevue, Bellingham, Blaine, Burlington, Edmonds, Everett, Issaquah, Lynnwood, Marysville, Monroe, Mount Vernon, Mountlake Terrance, Redmond, Seattle, Sedro Woolley and Shoreline.