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There are several different types of Negligent driving cases. Each is serious and will severely impact your driving record but some are worse than others. If you find yourself facing any type of negligent driving case, it is very important you contact an attorney as soon as possible to discuss your options and what exactly you could be facing. Our Bellevue Negligent Driving lawyers are here to help you move forward with your life and are available for a free phone consultation now.
Negligent Driving 1° (aka Neg 1) is the most serious of the different types. This type is a misdemeanor which means it comes with a maximum penalty of 364 days in jail and a $5,000 fine if convicted. Additionally, you will be facing probation, court ordered drug & alcohol treatment, and other conditions.
A Neg 1 is when an individual drives negligently and endangers or was likely to endanger persons or property after consuming alcohol or some type of drug. This statute is normally charged when the individual had alcohol in his system but it was under the DUI limit of .08.
The other type of negligent driving is Negligent Driving 2° (aka Neg 2.) There are actually two different types of Neg 2s. The most common is the standard Negligent Driving 2° which is an infraction, meaning jail is not a possible penalty. A Neg 2 is the most serious traffic infraction you can get hence the fine amount of $550. Insurance companies know it is the most serious and will treat it as such.
The different between a Neg 2 and a Neg 1 is no alcohol or drugs being involved. The difference between a Neg 2 and a criminal reckless driving charge, instead, can often be very minimal. The line separating the two can be very narrow and normally comes down to the subjective opinion of the citing officer. No wonder insurance companies are so hard on Negligent driving cases!
The second type of Neg 2 is arguably the most serious of all negligent driving cases. It is a Neg 2 with a vulnerable user victim. This means you were driving negligently and in a manner that endangered or was likely to endanger an individual which resulted in a vulnerable user being seriously harmed or even killed!
While this type is still only an infraction (so no jail) the penalties can be up to a $5,000 fine and a90 day license suspension which is more severe than the criminal Neg 1! If you are cited with this statute, do not delay and contact us as soon as possible. There are certain avenues that may be available to achieve a better resolution at the beginning of a case, so it is vital that you have an experienced traffic attorney to investigate those options for you.