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Legal Question: Diversion Program

I was charged with RCW 9a.3.050 and offered a diversion program. Is that a good idea?

RCW 9a.36.050 is a charge of reckless endangerment. Under this statute, “A person is guilty of reckless endangerment when he or she recklessly engages in conduct not amounting to drive-by shooting but that creates a substantial risk of death or serious physical injury to another person.” This crime is a gross misdemeanor offense, with a maximum punishment of 364 days in jail and a $5.000.00 fine. No one ever gets this on their first offense. Especially if this is your first ever driving offense and there was no accident or injures, the likely sentencing range may be from zero days in jail up to three or four, depending on what court you are in.

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Alternatives To Jail Time

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