Recklessly Endangering Another Person
Pittsburgh Reckless Endangerment Defense Lawyer
Under Pennsylvania law, recklessly endangering another person qualifies as a misdemeanor of the second degree, with serious penalties that include up to two years imprisonment and up to a $5,000 fine. Being charged or convicted can be impactful in other ways too. For example, if you’ve been convicted of reckless endangerment, you may have to notify potential employers of your criminal history, which could seriously damage your employment prospects.
Given the possibility of such severe consequences, it’s important that you consult an experienced team of attorneys who understand how to effectively navigate the minefield that is criminal litigation. Contact McKinney Law today to speak with a Pittsburgh reckless endangerment defense lawyer about your case.
So, what sort of behavior qualifies as recklessly endangering another person? Let’s explore the basics.
Basic Elements of Reckless Endangerment
Section 2705 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes establishes the elements necessary to prove that the defendant was recklessly endangering another person. Specifically, a defendant will be held liable for reckless endangerment if they recklessly engage in conduct that places or may place another person in danger of death or serious bodily injury.
Importantly, reckless endangerment may apply to a range of conduct. For example, if you were driving recklessly and spun out of control in front of several other cars, you could be found liable for recklessly endangering another person under Pennsylvania law. Similarly, if you were using a firearm with a blindfold, you could be found liable for recklessly endangering another person.
It’s worth noting that reckless endangerment does not require actual injury. All that is required is that the prosecution show that your behavior put another person in danger of death or serious bodily injury. Whether there was actual danger is dependent on the totalality of the circumstances.
Negligence, Not Recklessness
Reckless conduct is a gross deviation from the normal standard of care – it is more than mere negligence. Reckless conduct is that which the defendant knows (or should know) poses a substantial risk of harm to others, but which he continues to engage in regardless. If you can show that your behavior was “merely” negligent, you may be able to avoid criminal liability.
Contact McKinney Law to Schedule a Free Consultation With an Experienced Pittsburgh Reckless Endangerment Defense Lawyer
If you’ve been charged with the offense of recklessly endangering another person, you may be concerned about the consequences of a conviction – and for good reason. The penalties for reckless endangerment are significant and life-altering. We therefore urge those who have been charged with reckless endangerment to get in touch with an experienced attorney at McKinney Law for assistance.
Here at McKinney Law, our attorneys have extensive experience defending offenders in a range of criminal disputes, including those that involve reckless endangerment. Our team has a client-oriented focus. We are committed to making effective legal representation more accessible. As such, we are available to respond to any and all inquiries and will do so within 24 hours. We are also open to after-hours consultations if necessary.
Call (412) 520-3301 or submit an online message to arrange for a free and confidential consultation with a skilled Pittsburgh reckless endangerment defense lawyer at McKinney Law today.