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May 4, 2017

New York Penal Code 120.20: Reckless endangerment in the second degree

One who has knowingly put another person at the risk of serious bodily injury or harm, or has put one’s life at risk, could face the charges of reckless endangerment in the second degree. These legal charges should be assessed and evaluated by a legal professional, before the case goes in front of a judge. Reckless endangerment of the second degree is a lesser charge than reckless endangerment in the first degree, but it still carries a criminal title, along with consequences. It’s best to consult with a lawyer before talking with the authorities or anyone about the case.

 

Putting someone at the risk of a serious physical injury would mean the victim could have suffered death, severe disfigurement, and protracted impairment of health, loss of an organ, or the loss or loss of function of a body part. One can be charged even if these things didn’t happen to the victim, but if the scenario was a near miss, or if the possibility was a fear of the victims. The victim may be claiming that they have had mental stress and mental health issues because of the incident that took place.

 

This could mean using a gun irresponsibly, driving under the influence of alcohol or at high and dangerous speeds, or taking any unnecessary risk that could negatively affect someone else’s life besides their own. Leaving a child unattended or not giving the best guardianship to someone in your care could also be endangerment. Not all that are accused are guilty or charged, and there are a few things the lawyer can do to avoid the charges.

 

The lawyer may angle the case to show that the victim was encouraging the behavior, participating in the risky activities, or was active in the decision making that lead to the incident or accident. Showing that the alleged victim was aware of the risks and did not resist the action is important. Not only does a lawyer experienced with endangerment charges try to fight them, but to reduce the sentencing and punishments that are delivered after they are proven guilty.

 

One who is charged with reckless endangerment in the second degree will get a misdemeanor charge, not a felony, but there are other serious ramifications that proceed. One could end up serving a year of jail time, and they will have to be on probation. Probation has many limitations and requirements, and faltering on the legal expectations could lead to worse consequences. There is also the possibility to pay fines, do community service, and the charges will go on one’s criminal record and will be seen if someone does a background check.

 

With a reckless endangerment charge, it can become difficult or impossible to pursue a career as an educator, in some health occupations and more. Unfortunately people don’t always make the decisions, but one bad decision doesn’t have to cause extreme complications for the rest of your life if you get an attorney to help you with the charges sand the problems. An NYC criminal lawyer who has worked with endangerment cases and charges in the past is the best type of lawyer to hire for this type of case.It’s important to have only endangerment experts handling the ase, and compiling the evidence and information to have the best outcome for your case.

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