Reckless endangerment is a crime in Pennsylvania that could result in jail and fines. Persons accused of this offense need an attorney who can approach the case from all angles to ensure the best defense possible, especially because reckless endangerment is often an offense charged alongside other offenses.
Joseph D. Lento has a thorough understanding of the law and how it applies to a number of different scenarios involving reckless endangerment. He can review your case and outline the best options for you. Contact his Philadelphia law office today.
What is reckless endangerment in Philadelphia?
According to 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 2705, reckless endangerment is a murky offense in Pennsylvania. The law does not clearly define it, but only refers to it as a crime that occurs when a person:
recklessly engages in conduct which places or may place another person in danger of death or serious bodily injury.
The crime is specifically mentioned in the statutes related to:
- Stalking, 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. 2709.1, as an enhancement, converting the offense of stalking from a misdemeanor in the first degree to a felony of the third degree; and
- Domestic violence, 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. 2711, as probable cause to arrest a person of domestic violence without a warrant.
What is the punishment if convicted of reckless endangerment in Philadelphia?
On its own, reckless endangerment is a misdemeanor of the second degree, which is punishable by up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. When determining your specific sentence, the judge will consider the offense gravity score (OGS) of the offense and the prior record score (PRS) the defendant.
A conviction also carries a criminal record, which means after you have paid your so-called debt to society, you will still experience hardship due to the conviction. A criminal record can cause difficulty finding employment, securing housing, obtaining loans or school financial aid, among other problems.
Are there any defenses to a reckless endangerment charge in Philadelphia?
You may have a solid defense to a charge of reckless endangerment. Joseph D. Lento will review your case thoroughly to identify all possible defenses and then put it together in one strategic defense plan.
Potential defenses include:
- You are not the person but rather it is a case of mistaken identity;
- There is an absence of credible evidence;
- You committed the act out of self-defense or defense of others;
- No one was endangered; and/or
- Actions were accidental or negligent and not reckless.
Philadelphia Reckless Endangerment Defense Attorney
A reckless endangerment conviction is serious especially when accompanied by other offenses, which can make your case more complex. You need an attorney who can put together a viable, persuasive defense. Joseph D. Lento will listen to what you have to say, outline your options, and help you make the best decisions for you and your future.
Contact the Lento Law Firm today either online or at 215-535-5353 to set up a consultation.