Reckless Endangerment Of Another Person Charges In Pennsylvania

July 17, 2017By Brian Manchester

What Is Recklessly Endangering Another Person?

Have you or someone you know been arrested for Reckless Endangering Another Person in Pennsylvania? This is a Misdemeanor of the 2nd degree which can carry a jail sentence of up to 2 years and a fine up to $5000. This charge is also commonly referred to as REAP.

A person commits this offense when:

  1. They engage in reckless conduct that places or may place another person in danger of death or serious bodily injury.
  2. Conduct is deemed reckless when the person consciously ignores a great and unjustifiable risk that what he or she is doing will cause another person to be seriously injured.
  3. Under this statute, serious bodily injury includes an injury that causes or could cause a long-term loss in the function of a body part, or that which could cause serious permanent disfigurement.

This type of charge is usually connected with other charges in Pennsylvania such as DUI with an accident, Homicide by Vehicle, Homicide by Vehicle DUI, Simple Assault, Aggravated Assault, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Child abuse, and other violent scenarios. REAP can even be charged based upon unintentional acts that hurt or endanger others in Pennsylvania. The District Attorney does not have to prove actual harm only that there was the situation in which placed a person in danger of death or serious bodily injury through your reckless actions.

The key to understanding this charge is centered on whether or not what you did was actually reckless. The police may have charged you because they believed your action was reckless, but in reality what you did may have simply been negligence. Many factors may influence the police in their decision that you were recklessly endangering another person. For example, if the police smell alcohol or find illegal drugs in your car after an accident this may affect whether they consider that your actions were reckless.

I cannot stress enough how important it is to contact an experienced firm right away to help you with these types of charges as you might be trying to “help” the police and accidentally incriminate yourself. Even if you think you are doing the right thing by talking to the police or helping them in some other manner you could be hurting your ability win against these charges and thus be facing the possibility of going to jail.

It is extremely important to contact an experienced law firm right away if you or someone you know is charged with Reckless Endangering Another Person in Pennsylvania. If you, your son, daughter, or loved one in Pennsylvania has been arrested for a crime in state or federal court in Pennsylvania you need legal representation. Here at Manchester and Associates, we represent people across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. For a free consultation we can be contacted at 1-800-243-4878.

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Brian Manchester is the owner of Manchester and Associates in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. His law firm practices DUI and Criminal Defense exclusively throughout the entire state of Pennsylvania in both state and federal court. He has a team of two other lawyers with a combined 50 years of trial and courtroom experience are also trained in science and many other skills that are relevant to criminal defense to include the psychology of persuasion as well. One of his associates is a former District Attorney (chief prosecutor) in central Pennsylvania.   Mr. Manchester and his team routinely handle serious felony cases including murder, manslaughter, sex crimes, complex financial crimes, and serious assaults. A large part of Mr. Manchester’s practice is the defense of alcohol and drug-based DUI offenses as well as drug cases using science and analytical chemistry. Mr. Manchester has training as a Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Instructor. He is one of a handful of Certified Lawyer-Scientists as recognized by the American Chemical Society in the United States. He is a member of NCDD and is a Founding Member of DUIDLA. He is also a member of the American Chemical Society with over 170,000 members across the world. To date, he is the only practicing criminal defense lawyer to belong to the Society of Forensic Toxicologist where he is an Associate Member. Mr. Manchester speaks nationally on the topic of blood and drug testing for alcohol as well as the metrological (measurement uncertainty) in forensic testing.

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