Ask any top Stamford criminal lawyer and they will advise you that have to take a reckless endangerment arrest seriously. A conviction for reckless endangerment could expose you to possible incarceration, a criminal record, probation, and substantial fines. Reckless endangerment is an offense that can be charged as a separate crime by itself or, in some cases, the police will add the count of reckless endangerment onto other criminal acts as an additional charge.
There are many examples of crimes where police can add the charge of reckless endangerment as an additional offense because you recklessly posed a danger of physical harm to another person. Most crimes require proof of an intentional action. Reckless endangerment applies where police lack proof of any intention to harm anyone but the behavior of the accused is reckless and creates a risk of an injury to others. If you have been arrested for reckless endangerment, you should contact a Stamford criminal defense attorney to go over the facts of your case and review your defense options today.What Is Reckless Endangerment?
In Connecticut, there are two levels of reckless endangerment, both of which are misdemeanor crimes. Connecticut General Statutes Section 53a-63 defines reckless endangerment in the first degree. The elements of this crime include action with extreme indifference to human life, engaging in conduct with creates danger of a serious physical injury to someone else. This crime is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,000. Connecticut General Statutes Section 53a-62 defines reckless endangerment in the second degree. This crime requires a reckless action which creates any risk of injury to someone else. This crime is a Class B misdemeanor and is punishable by up to 6 months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
This crime is one that can be charged by police under a wide range of actions and behaviors, which create the possibility of a potential (hypothetical harm) to others. The list of possibilities is almost endless, but some frequently charged situations in which reckless endangerment are charged involve situations where parents allow teens to engage in drinking and drive away from their home; situations where reckless driving takes place putting either the passengers in your car in danger or others on the road at risk or harm; street racing; taking off from the police in a vehicle or on foot and refusing to stop; any type of brandishing or discharge of firearms or BB guns in public; drunk driving DUI with passengers in your car; getting involved in a large fight or brawling conflict and also many domestic violence situations where actions place other family members in danger.
All of these situations involve the possible risk of harm to others and also include reckless actions and therefore, can be charged as reckless endangerment. It is not required that someone was injured or harmed; all that is needed under the statute is that your reckless action created a risk of an injury to others. As mentioned above in these situations, it is not uncommon for the police to charge you with the underlying offense, such as for example: engaging police in pursuit or DUI and add the charge of reckless endangerment as an additional charge. Regardless of the circumstances of your arrest for reckless endangerment, you should promptly review the details of your arrest with a Stamford criminal lawyer to make sure that your rights are properly defended.Defending Reckless Endangerment Charges
Reckless endangerment is an offense which can leave you with a criminal record and have lasting consequences. Our goal is to use every means legally possible to avoid a criminal conviction. Since this crime requires proof that the accused acted in a reckless manner, often the defense works to establish that the state lacks sufficient evidence to prove that the defendant acted recklessly. Another commonly used defense tactic is to explain that the behavior was isolated and out of character and negotiate a dismissal of the charges in exchange for the performance of community service hours.
A lot of criminal allegations are made by people who have ulterior motivations and can be false. Our firm never hesitates to get our investigative team to interview witnesses and prove that our clients are innocent of false accusations.
For first time offenders, the accelerated rehabilitation program is often the preferred alternative to resolving these kinds of allegations. However, depending on the seriousness of the alleged actions, it may require some persuasive lawyering to convince a judge to grant the program. Because reckless endangerment covers such a wide range of behaviors and activities, the best course of action is to call an experienced Stamford criminal attorney to receive a free case evaluation and determine what the best defense would be to utilize in your situation.Why Retain the Law Offices of Allan F. Friedman?
- Reckless endangerment arrests take place day and night, so we are available 24/7
- Over 25 years of experience defending criminal charges
- We will fight hard to defend your liberty, and our focus is on results that will get you the most favorable outcome possible
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If you have been arrested for reckless endangerment in Greenwich, Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, New Canaan, Cos Cob, Fairfield, Westport, Wilton, Weston, Bridgeport and throughout the County of Fairfield do not hesitate to contact the Law Offices of Allan F. Friedman. We work on a flat-fee basis, and our rates are very reasonable. Call Attorney Friedman at (203) 357-5555 to schedule your free initial consultation and case evaluation – we are available 24/7 to respond to urgent matters. Or you can contact us online for a prompt response.