Denver Reckless Endangerment Attorney, C.R.S. 18-3-208
A person who recklessly engages in conduct that creates a substantial risk of serious bodily injury to another person commits Colorado reckless endangerment, a Class 3 misdemeanor. C.R.S. 18-3-208. The definition of “recklessly” is: “A person acts recklessly when he or she consciously disregards a substantial and unjustifiable risk that a result will occur or that a circumstance exists.” At trial, we break down this definition and, with the help of expert witnesses, argue that the terms are not met by the government.
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One theoretical example of Colorado reckless endangerment would be a climbing wall employee belaying a patron while heavily under the influence of alcohol. The employee wouldn’t have the necessary reflexes required to safely belay the patron, creating a substantial risk of serious bodily injury. A common example we see at our office is when a firearm enthusiast discharges a firearm in the city limits or where a backstop is inadequate. At other times, we have seen Colorado reckless endangerment charges accompany DUI/DWAI charges if children are in the car. In each of these examples, the conduct involved creates the potential consequences of a “substantial risk of bodily injury.”
Possible Sentencing Issues For Reckless Endangerment
If convicted of the crime, each person in the examples above would be facing the risk of up to six months in jail, costs and fines, probation, counseling and community service. See our Sentencing Questions and Answers page for more information. The most significant consequence will be a criminal record for the rest of the defendant’s life. Future employers will take the fact of a conviction for reckless endangerment in Denver, Arapahoe, Adams, Douglas or Jefferson counties into consideration when hiring. Given other equally qualified employees and a competitive job market, a conviction for reckless endangerment may cost a person thousands of dollars in lost employment.
Colorado Reckless Endangerment Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been contacted by the police concerning Colorado reckless endangerment, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent and contact a full-time criminal defense lawyer at our office with reckless endangerment experience. At O'Malley and Sawyer, LLC, we’re committed to fighting for you every step of the way. We will not rest until you are found innocent of any false charges. Contact us today to set up a free initial consultation at 303-731-0719. Together, we can protect your future.