If you have been accused of reckless endangerment in Austin, Texas or surrounding areas, you are facing a charge that can affect you for the rest of your life. Whether you have been charged with a state or federal offense, the legal choices you make now can be the most important, especially your choice of an attorney. With so much at stake, do not settle for an inexperienced defense lawyer.
Reckless endangerment comprises several types of crimes involving conduct that is wrongful, reckless or wanton. These are acts that are likely or have the potential to produce death or grievous bodily harm to another person. In Texas, a person is said to have committed the crime of reckless endangerment if the person recklessly engages in conduct which creates a substantial risk of serious physical injury to another person. The word "reckless" indicates a type of conduct that demonstrates a culpable disregard of foreseeable consequences to others as a result of the act or omission involved.
An interesting aspect of reckless endangerment is that the defendant need not intentionally cause a resulting harm or even know that his or her conduct is certain to cause the injury. The real question in a reckless endangerment case is whether, under all the circumstances, the defendant's conduct was of that heedless nature that made it actually or imminently dangerous to the rights or safety of others.
Reckless endangerment can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. It is also interesting to note that no actual harm to the alleged victim is required to be convicted of reckless endangerment. However, whether it is charged as a misdemeanor or a felony could depend on the harm done. For example, if the injuries are minor or if the victim is uninjured, then it may be charged as a misdemeanor. If the so-called reckless act resulted in major injuries or death, then it could be charged as a felony.
Austin Reckless Driving Defense: The Charles Johnson Law Firm
In Texas, many reckless endangerment charges are brought against drivers. There are also many cases that involve children. If you have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony reckless endangerment in Texas, please call the skilled and knowledgeable Austin criminal defense attorney the Charles Johnson Law Firm. We will fight for your rights and challenge the prosecution every step of the way. We have the access to experts and investigators who will gather the facts we need to build a solid defense in your case.