Definition of Reckless Endangerment in Grand County and Summit County, Colorado
Reckless Endangerment is defined in C.R.S. 18-3-208 as when “a person recklessly engages in conduct which creates a substantial risk of serious bodily injury to another person.” It does not matter if someone is actually injured. The reckless behavior alone may result in a class 3 misdemeanor. Every year many people are charged with this offense in Summit and Grand County for skiing or snowboarding out of control, as described in this CBS Denver news story.
Taking Risks – With Reckless Endangerment in Adams County Colorado
Reckless Endangerment involves excessive risk. Some risks people find acceptable, like driving a car or flying in an airplane. Motorcycle riders voluntarily accept a higher risk of injury. But Reckless Endangerment is not just about individual risk taking. It is charged when a person puts others at risk of injury. An example would be the out of control snowboarder or the guy who puts his kids in the back of a pickup truck in Adams County and drives down I-76. Police officers must make a judgment call whether or not someone’s behavior is reckless and whether another person was actually in danger. If they conclude that both of these things are true, they will issue a summons or citation for Reckless Endangerment, with an order to appear in the Adams County court.
Don’t Fight Reckless Endangerment Charges in Jefferson County on Your Own
If you are ordered to court in Jefferson County for Reckless Endangerment, I recommend talking with a defense attorney before you go. The subjective nature of this crime leaves many at a tremendous disadvantage. Keep in mind that even if the Jefferson County deputy district attorney seems friendly, she does not work for you. What may seem like a quick solution to a little problem may end up being a permanent problem that will plague you for a very long time.
Contact Denver Area Reckless Endangerment Attorneys Who Want to Help
When you hire an Attorney from the O’Malley Law Office, P.C. you have a trusted lawyer who works to prove your innocence. We know how the Denver courts operate and we will not allow a fast talking prosecutor talk you into something you will regret. After 40 years in legal defense, we can guide you through the legal maze in criminal court. So, if you are innocent of Reckless Endangerment charges anywhere in Colorado, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and call us at 303-731-0719. Together we can protect your future.