Reckless Or Negligent Driving Is A Serious Offense

Washington has tough laws designed to prevent reckless and negligent driving.  Anyone charged with reckless or negligent driving faces strict criminal and civil penalties.  These can prevent you from obtaining a commercial driver's license (CDL).

Reckless driving is a gross misdemeanor and is defined by Washington law as the operation of a vehicle with "willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property [RCW 46.61.500]."  Negligent driving in the first degree is a gross misdemeanor.  A person may be convicted of negligent driving in the first degree if he or she operates a motor vehicle in a manner that is negligent and endangers the life or property of another, while exhibiting the effects of having consumed liquor or an illegal drug.  No minimum blood alcohol content (BAC) level is required to be found guilty of negligent driving in the first degree.

By comparison, negligent driving in the second degree is a traffic infraction, punishable by a monetary fine.  As with other moving violations, a negligent driving second-degree infraction will impact an individual's driving record and possibly his or her insurance rates.  A person may receive a ticket for negligent driving in the second degree if he or she operates a motor vehicle in a negligent manner that endangers the person or property of another (no requirement of alcohol or drug use).

Do not delay.  If you have been arrested on suspicion of reckless driving, you are subject to an automatic driver's license suspension if you do not request a Department of Licensing (DOL) hearing to challenge your suspension.  You have limited time to request a hearing.

Diligently Protecting Your Rights

If you have been accused of reckless or negligent driving, it is critical that you retain an experienced traffic defense lawyer who can ensure the protection of your rights.  For help in eastern, central or western Washington, we encourage you to contact Heritage Law Office.

Our attorneys defend clients against reckless and negligent driving charges and have a strong knowledge of local court procedures, judges and prosecutors.  Using in-depth knowledge of the law and experience in traffic defense, we will provide a vigorous defense on your behalf.

We represent clients in cases involving traffic tickets, criminal traffic violations and administrative driver's license hearings (DOL hearings).  We are committed to protecting your driving record, your driving privileges and your rights.

We work directly with clients, and we work hard for the best results.  Our first objective is to have your ticket or charge dismissed.  If that is not possible, there are several ways to minimize the impact of traffic tickets and charges, including negotiated agreements that may result in a nonmoving violation, a deferral, mitigation or another negotiated case resolution.

Contact A Negligent Driving Attorney Who Can Help

We serve clients in Kittitas County and throughout Eastern, Central and Western Washington.  Contact our law office in Cle Elum for a free phone consultation:  509-899-5375 or 425-397-9400.  You may also contact us by email.