Lynnwood Negligent Driving Criminal Defense Attorney
Negligent Driving Of A Motor Vehicle in Lynnwood, Washington
Sometimes when an officer pulls someone over for suspicion of DUI the officer
does not get enough evidence to charge DUI. There are many reasons for
this, including a low breath test result, problems with the breath test
machine, or the officer being called to another urgent matter. In these
circumstances, the officer will often charge a lesser crime know as Negligent
Driving First Degree. Commonly known as "Neg 1", Washington
law defines Negligent Driving First Degree as:
"A person is guilty of negligent driving in the first degree if he
or she operates a motor vehicle in a manner that is both negligent and
endangers or is likely to endanger any person or property, and exhibits
the effects of having consumed liquor or an illegal drug." RCW 46.61.5249
It does not take much for the officer to show negligence in these matters.
Basically any violation of a rule of the road, such as speeding, swerving,
or failing to signal can be enough. The officer also needs to how that
you had recently consumed alcohol or an illegal drug.
The good news is that this is a lesser charge than DUI and does not include
mandatory suspension of your driver's license. The bad news is that
this is still a serious criminal offense and is often punished by jail
time, fines, and alcohol treatment. In some cases the prosecutor will
even overrule the police officer and amend the charge up to a full DUI.
For this reason, it is imperative that any Negligent Driving First Degree
offense be dealt with immediately by consulting a Lynnwood criminal defense
attorney. Negligent Driving - First Degree is a misdemeanor punishable
by imprisonment up to 90 days and a fine of up to $1,000 or both.
Dealing With Negligent Driving - First Degree Charges
Looking for an attorney for your criminal case in Lynnwood, WA? I have
over a decade of experience dealing with Negligent Driving First Degree
charges. These can be scary, particularly if it's not a first time
offense. As a criminal defense lawyer with a background as a prosecutor
for the City of Lynnwood, I can assure you that getting my office involved
at the onset can only help you get through this stressful situation. I
will use my resources and skills to work to get you the most favorable
Have you been charged with Negligent Driving - First Degree?
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