Charged With Reckless Endangerment? Our Legal Team Is Here To Help.
You are undoubtedly very concerned about the consequences if you’ve been charged with Connecticut reckless endangerment. These can include loss of employment, restriction from coaching or volunteer activities, damage to reputation, a possible criminal record and maybe even incarceration. It is natural for you to be worried even more because your reckless endangerment charge is probably coupled with one or more other charges, such as breach of peace, disorderly conduct or maybe even assault.
Whenever recklessness is an element of a criminal charge, the allegations can be challenging to confront. But they provide opportunities for a creative criminal defense team. This is because recklessness is a state of mind and is judged by comparison to what a reasonable person would have done under the same circumstances alleged in your case. Therefore, the analysis is open to interpretation and subject to intelligent, strategic lawyering.
Our experienced and skilled attorneys at The Maddox Law Firm, Inc., can help you navigate your reckless endangerment and associated charges. This begins with thoroughly analyzing the alleged evidence and whether your conduct meets the statutory language, which is described in more detail below.
Reckless Endangerment Charges And Penalties
In the state of Connecticut, there are two types of reckless endangerment, both of which are classified as misdemeanor crimes.
First degree: According to C.G.S. Section 53a-63, a person can be charged with first-degree reckless endangerment if they engage in conduct that creates a severe risk of physical injury to another person, with extreme disregard for human life. This Class A misdemeanor is punishable by up to one year in jail.
Second degree: According to C.G.S. Section 53a-64, a person can be charged with reckless endangerment in the second degree if their reckless behavior puts someone else at risk of physical harm. This Class B misdemeanor is punishable by up to six months in jail.
Examples Of Reckless Endangerment Scenarios
You might be charged with reckless endangerment for:
- Allowing underage drinking and driving
- Driving recklessly with passengers or other drivers on the road
- Street racing
- Evading law enforcement
- Displaying or discharging firearms in public
- Fighting in public
- Domestic violence altercations
Actual physical harm is not required for a Connecticut reckless endangerment arrest.
Contact Us For The Skilled Defense Representation You Deserve
Our lawyers at The Maddox Law Firm are committed to helping you overcome a criminal conviction for reckless endangerment in Connecticut. We understand everyone can make mistakes, so our team of skilled attorneys uses meticulous methods to review and scrutinize police reports for inaccuracies and inconsistencies.
Additionally, we explore court-administered diversionary programs, such as the Accelerated Rehabilitation Program (“AR”), to dismiss and erase your charges from your record. In that instance, we would explain to a court why the incident is inconsistent with your everyday behavior and character, and that the allegations are not so severe as to prevent you from ultimately receiving the privilege of a dismissal.
Our approach is to pursue every option creatively and persistently so that your charges are resolved in the most favorable manner available, allowing you to move forward with your life and restore your peace of mind. To learn more about how we can help, contact us to schedule an initial consultation. You can reach out online or call 203-298-3154. Hablamos español. Nous parlons français.