Reckless Endangerment in Maryland is a crime that has a broad definition and can include a variety of actions. It is a misdemeanor with a maximum fine of $5,000 and a maximum prison sentence of 5 years.
Charges Of Reckless Endangerment
Reckless Endangerment is a charge that includes causing a substantial risk of death or serious injury to someone else, but the law in Maryland for the most part does not provide detailed descriptions of what those causes might be.
These causes could include detonation of explosives, throwing objects, inciting violence, reckless driving, aggressive driving, tampering with heavy machinery, or other potentially dangerous actions.
While Reckless Endangerment specifically includes the act of discharging a firearm from a motor vehicle in a way that creates a substantial risk of serious injury or death, peace officers and security guards acting in the line of duty are exempt from this provision.
You can be charged with Reckless Endangerment if your actions do not fit the definitions of other crimes, but it cannot be used as a lesser “included offense” for a more serious crime. In order to be found guilty of Reckless Endangerment, you must be specifically charged with it.
However, if you are charged with a serious crime in Maryland, your criminal defense attorney might suggest negotiating or pleading your case down to a lesser charge of Reckless Endangerment.
Defenses Against Charges Of Reckless Endangerment
Defenses to charges of Reckless Endangerment are often similar to defenses of Assault charges.
Your attorney could also argue that your actions were in defense of someone else’s violent crime. If so, the prosecuting attorney must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you did not act in defense of such a crime.
Another tactic your attorney might use is to compel the prosecuting attorney to produce specific information about the crime charged. This information is called a Bill of Particulars, and would include the details and the exact place and time of the alleged crime. If the prosecuting attorney cannot provide this information, the charges against you must be dropped.
At Zirkin and Schmerling Law, we are qualified and professional expert litigators who can assist you with criminal and civil cases. If you have been accused of Reckless Endangerment in Maryland, or any other crime, call us at (410) 356-4455 and one of our attorneys team will be happy to speak with you about your case. Your initial consultation is free of charge.