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Reckless Endangerment

Reckless endangerment is the crime of recklessly creating a substantial risk of death or injury to another person. It’s punishable by up to five years in jail and a fine of $5000. I have experience successfully defending others from these serious charges, and I can defend you too.

Maximum Penalty For Reckless Endangerment

  • Reckless Endangerment: misdemeanor, 5 years and $5,000

A Maryland reckless endangerment charge tends to come up two different ways. The first is when the reckless endangerment charge comes alone, as it might if you were charged with firing a weapon aimlessly toward an area where humans might be arguably be expected to be present without harming anyone. An alleged victim might not even know of the danger at the time that the incident happens.

The second way that a reckless endangerment charge appears is in the context of an accusation that you attacked someone, the theory being that in the process of assaulting the complaining witness, you also recklessly endangered them. In these cases, reckless endangerment is often the lesser offense and it is charged along with crimes of violence, such as first degree assault, second degree assault, and possession of a deadly weapon with intent to injure, which are more serious offenses than reckless endangerment.

Conduct involving the use of a motor vehicle, other than discharging a firearm from a motor vehicle, is specifically excluded from the definition of Reckless Endangerment. There is a separate prepayable traffic offense of reckless driving, which cannot result in jail time and should not be confused with reckless endangerment.

I’ve defended hundreds of people just like you who have been charged with crimes in Maryland. I know how concerned you are about these charges, and I can help. Call (301) 556-8709 so that I can start protecting your job, your freedom, and your reputation.