Negligent driving is a traffic and/ or criminal offense in the state of Washington that
can result in serious penalties. This type of offense is split up into
two different degrees of severity. If you are facing first degree negligent
driving charges, you are looking at criminal charges. Second degree negligent
driving in Washington is a serious
traffic infraction, but not a criminal offense. The determination of the degree of offense
has to do with the involvement of alcohol or drugs in the case. More details
on these two offenses include:
- First Degree Negligent Driving (RCW 46.61.5249): operating a motor vehicle
in a negligent manner than endangers or is likely to endanger another
individual or property, plus exhibiting effects of alcohol or drug consumption.
- Second Degree Negligent Driving (RCW 46.61.525): operating a motor vehicle
in a negligent manner that endangers or is likely to endanger another
individual or property.
In these cases, negligent refers to not exercising ordinary care. This
means acting in a way that a reasonably careful person would not if they
were in the same situation or not doing something that a reasonable careful
person would do in the same situation. In order to be charged with this
offense it must be proven that the driver was acting negligently
and endangering or likely to endanger others and/ or property. First degree
negligent driving is a
misdemeanor offense punishable by jail time for up to 90 days and a fine of up to
$1,000. Second degree negligent driving is a traffic infraction punishable
by a fine of up to $250. To fight against your charges and avoid these
penalties, team up with a Lynnwood negligent driving attorney from my firm.
Contact the Law Office of Lance R. Fryrear to have a former prosecutor and experienced criminal lawyer on your side!