Negligent Driving Lawyer Washington

Facing Negligent Driving charges in Washington? Time is NOT on your side!

When you face negligent driving charges, family members may panic, your employer may preemptively put you on leave or fire you, and your record could be ruined.  Even worse, a traffic crime conviction can mean hefty fines, jail time, and potentially ruin future job aspects.  Fortunately, it does not have to be that way. You do not have to face these charges alone! Let Weber Law work to create a strong defense and advocate for you in the court room.  Call Weber Law today.

Washington Negligent Driving Charges and Penalties

What is Negligent Driving?

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, for its intoxication or hallucinatory effects.

A person is guilty of negligent driving in the second degree if, under circumstance not constituting negligent driving in the first degree, 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.

“Negligent” means the failure to exercise ordinary care and doing some act that a reasonably careful person would not do under the same or similar circumstances, or the failure to do something that a reasonably careful person would do under the same or similar circumstance.

What is the Punishment?

Negligent driving in the first degree is a misdemeanor.

Negligent driving in the second degree is a traffic infraction.

A traffic infraction is punishable by a fine of $250.00.

A misdemeanor is punishable by imprisonment for not more than ninety days, a fine of not more than $1,000.00, or both.

Additionally, negligent driving can be charged with additional crimes such as driving under the influence or speeding.  There are sometimes instances where a charge can be dropped or lessened, or just one charge be kept with the other dropped; it is important to have an attorney who knows how to navigate the criminal justice system and how to take those actions.

If you or someone you know has been charged with negligent driving in the State of Washington, it is important to speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.  The more time we have to work on your case, the more we can provide you the best possible defense.  Depending on the charges you face, we can frame a defense around the intent you had, or even being falsely accused. We can also look at the aspects of your arrest or citation. We will do everything that we can to get your charges dropped, reduced, or get your sentenced reduced.  While getting acquitted, having your charge reduced, or getting your sentence reduced are all options, those options require a thorough understanding of the law.

Even as a Defendant of a Crime, you still have Rights! Make sure yours were not violated!

Even as an individual facing criminal charges, you have rights. It is important to know those rights and make sure that they were not violated in any way when you were arrested or charged.  Without extensive knowledge of your rights when it comes to police searches, Miranda rights, and your rights when it comes to arrest, it is extremely difficult to get a dismissal or reduction of your charges.  Do not try and fight these charges on your own, Weber Law is ready to help you today.

Contact Weber Law immediately if you’ve been arrested on a negligent driving charge. We offer a free confidential case evaluation – serving Seattle and the surrounding areas.

"He did everything he could to solve my case. There was no moment where I felt like I was alone. He went to his full extent to help me lower my charges. Great lawyer.”

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What should you do if you have been charged with Negligent Driving, and how can WEBER LAW help?

Weber Law knows how overwhelming it can be when you are facing charges and you need legal assistance. An experienced defense attorney can help you determine what your rights and options are.  It is in your best interest to speak with an attorney who can explain the criminal justice process to you. Weber Law will go over all the possible outcomes of your case, let you know what the next best step is, and keep you informed through the whole process. We have a team of experienced and confident attorneys ready to advocate for you. Our team of knowledgeable lawyers has successfully defended clients for many years, and we are ready to defend you.

If you or someone you know has been charged with negligent driving in the State of Washington, whether first degree or second degree, contact Weber Law today to find out what to do next.

WA ST § 46.61.5249, Negligent driving – First degree
WA ST § 46.61.525, Negligent driving – Second degree
WA ST § 9A.20.021, Maximum sentences for crimes committed July 1, 1984, and after.


A Seattle, Washington Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help You

Weber Law will aggressively fight for your rights. Contact us today!

We believe that justice is an idea that can triumph only when living people make it so. We are dedicated to justice. We wish to run a business that is at once profitable while allowing us to promote the rights of our fellow community members. We will stand for the poor when they are in need and their cause is just. We will work for any responsible business. We will represent all races, creeds, religions, sexes, sexual orientations, and backgrounds.

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