Reckless endangerment is a broadly defined term that can be applied to a wide range of situations, often at the discretion of the police officer who files your accident report. Essentially, reckless endangerment encompasses any action that places another person at risk of serious injury or death. Learn more about situations where reckless endangerment charges are often brought forth and how you can fight this charge from your Maryland DUI lawyer in today’s blog.
Your Maryland DUI Lawyer Explains Reckless Endangerment
Because reckless endangerment is so broadly defined, it is often up to the police officer handling the case to pursue this charge. Almost any accident in which you could have caused serious injury or death to another person(s) can result in a charge of reckless endangerment. However, there are a number of actions that will often result in this charge, including:
Throwing objects off of tall buildings or freeway overpasses
Throwing objects such as rocks and other projectiles at moving cars on busy roads
Driving at excessive speeds which causes injury to another person
Leaving firearms accessible to minors (whether intentionally or not)
There are many other ways in which reckless endangerment charges can be leveled and state prosecutors are often creative in their use of this charge, but these represent some of the most common situations in which it is pursued. If a police officer is able to state that your actions put another person(s) in danger of severe injury or death, reckless endangerment charges are likely to be pursued.
With this charge come severe consequences. Because reckless endangerment is considered a misdemeanor, it can come with fines of up to $5,000 and/or a maximum of five years of prison time. A reckless endangerment charge on your record can also impede your ability to own a firearm and be hired by a new job. This charge can stay on your record forever. If you are facing a reckless endangerment charge, contact your Maryland DUI lawyer for a free consultation to discuss the specifics of your case.
BRUCE ROBINSON & ASSOCIATES
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