Negligent Driving

neg-drivingNegligent Driving is a misdemeanor punishable up to 90 days in jail and a $1000 fine. Typically, DUI or DWI charges can be reduced to a Negligent Driving in the First Degree during the negotiation process of Washington state DUI charges.

Negligent Driving First Degree   RCW 46.61.5249

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 marijuana or any drug or exhibits the effects of having inhaled or ingested any chemical, whether or not a legal substance, for its intoxicating or hallucinatory effects. This offense is a simple misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail and a $1,000.00 fine.

Defenses

It is a defense to Negligent Driving First Degree that by means of “exhibiting the effects” of having consumed a drug that the driver has a valid prescription for the drug consumed, and has been consuming it according to the prescription directions and warnings.

Negligent Driving Second Degree     RCW 46.61.525

A person is guilty of Negligent Driving in the Second 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.

Defenses

It is a defense to Negligent Driving in the Second Degree that the driver was operating the motor vehicle on private property with the consent of the owner in a manner consistent with the owner’s consent. Negligent Driving in the Second Degree is a traffic infraction and is subject to a penalty of $250.00 dollars.

If you or someone you care about is charged with a Negligent Driving in Skagit County or Whatcom County, call attorney Alexander Ransom today for a free, no-pressure case evaluation. Alexander has a reputation in the legal community as an aggressive, effective and experienced criminal defense attorney. He is here to assist you through these difficult times.