How to Handle Reckless Endangerment Charges
How to Handle a Reckless Endangerment Charge in Maryland 3-204
In Maryland, reckless endangerment is essentially defined as committing any act that puts another person at risk or serious injury or death. Since this is such a broadly defined law, there ends up being a lot of discretion by the police officer or other law enforcement authority that charges a person with it. Still, there are some common situations that often result in reckless endangerment charges. These include acts such as throwing objects off of a freeway overpass or tall building, leaving firearms lying around one’s home where they are within arm’s reach of minors, throwing objects such as rocks at moving cars on a busy road, or driving ones car at excessive speed which then injures another person.
Of course, these are just a few examples that could result in such a charge; the possibilities are endless and state prosecutors can be quite creative. So long as a law enforcement officer can articulate that a person’s actions put another person or group of people at risk of severe injury or death, the charges will most likely be filed.
Such a charge is not one to shrug off in the state of Maryland. The punishments for such charges can be severe. Specifically, this crime in Maryland is considered to be a misdemeanor and one that is punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 and/or up to five years in prison. Furthermore, having a charge of this significance on one’s record can have serious implications on a person for the rest of his or her life. This can impact a person’s right to own firearms, it can impair one’s ability to find employment, and can stay on the record forever.
As you can imagine, avoiding a conviction on a reckless endangerment charge, is the most ideal situation to be in. Of course, fighting a serous charge like this in court is never easy. For this reason, if you have been charged with reckless endangerment, the first thing you should do is speak to a lawyer. In the meantime, avoid answering any questions asked of you by police officers or other members of law enforcement. You have a constitutional right to remain silent until you have legal representation, and with such a serious charge, you should exercise that right immediately and often.
Choosing a Lawyer
Of course, finding a lawyer who has specific experience and success when it comes to fighting such charges is not always easy. If the competent evidence against you is strong, then it is possible that a lawyer may advise you to consider a plea bargain. This can be a great way to have your charges lessened, in order to potentially avoid jail time and serious fines.
On the other hand, if you believe that you were innocent of the crime with which you have been charged, then you will want to be sure to hire an aggressive trial lawyer who knows the specific laws regarding endangerment. This way, they can be used to your advantage as much as possible and you will have the best chances for a positive outcome of your case, which would be to have all of your charges dropped and/or to be found “not guilty” in court.
When it comes to choosing a lawyer for your case, you can rely on Robinson & Associates. They have been successfully practicing criminal defense for over 20 years. If you are interested in finding out more about Robinson & Associates, call now to schedule a free consultation at: 443-524-7395.