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Reckless Endangerment in Colorado -C.R.S. 18-3-208

Reckless Endangerment (C.R.S. 18-3-208) is a class 3 misdemeanor with serious consequences. I recently read an old story out of Summit County where a Colorado man was convicted of Reckless Endangerment related to firearms use. The gun he was carrying discharged and the man shot himself in the groin. What made the story interesting was his defense. He said he was defending himself from a mugger that hit him on the back of his head, which caused the gun to discharge. One reason his story was questioned by law enforcement is that he was intoxicated at the time.

The crime of Reckless Endangerment in Colorado does not require the injury of someone else. The only thing a Deputy District Attorney must prove to a jury is that the defendant recklessly created a situation where someone else could have been seriously injured - that is enough.

A Jefferson County teen driving his car in an erratic manner with a buddy on the hood is a prime target for this type of charge. Teenage drivers do not think about the consequences of reckless activity, or at best they don't think horseplay with a car is a serious violation of the law. However even a misdemeanor in Douglas or Weld County, like Reckless Endangerment, may keep a young man or woman from later landing the job of their dreams. We often get calls from people hoping to get Criminal Records Sealed for things they did in their youth, but if the plea was not structured well, sealing may not be possible.

There are two things people in Adams, Arapahoe, and Denver County say to us when we cannot seal a criminal record. The first is "how could I have been so stupid?!" The second is "Why didn't I hire an attorney?" Charges for Reckless Endangerment in Broomfield or Jefferson County don't seem worth fighting when finances are tight. But we encourage people to consider the impact to their future earnings. Our advice? No matter how small the offense, beg, borrow, (but don't steal) what you need to get the best legal advice you can for your criminal case. Getting a criminal court record sealed or expunged is difficult if you try it later and did not plead to a sealable offense.

So if you are charged with Reckless Endangerment in Broomfield, Weld, Denver County or anywhere else in Colorado, avoid the hidden serious consequences of the conviction. Be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and call us at 303-731-0719. Together we can protect your future.

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