Violent crimes are usually thought of as the result of vindictive or hateful behavior. For example a person has a personal vendetta against another so they physically harm them through an act of violence. However, the Utah legislature has extended violent crimes further than that colloquial definition and have made even reckless behavior criminal. Under the reckless endangerment statute a person may be charged with reckless endangerment by simply acting stupidly, and the prosecution doesn’t even need to show intent to harm another for a conviction.
Utah’s Reckless Endangerment Statute
In Utah the legislature has written the reckless endangerment statute to be sort of a catch all for violent behavior. Under the statute a person can be found guilty of reckless endangerment if their conduct creates a substantial risk of death or serious bodily injury to another. Why this is important is because a lot of people think that they have to had meant to hurt someone to be found criminally liable, clearly this statute makes that assumption false. So if you are facing reckless endangerment charges then it is important to hire an attorney to defend yourself because you may be found guilty even though you don’t feel guilty.
Northern Utah Criminal Defense Attorney | Reckless Endangerment
If you live in any part of Northern Utah, be it Ogden, Farmington, Bountiful, or Brigham City and are facing reckless endangerment or any violent crime charges then call Ogden Criminal Defense today. Violent crime charges are very serious, in fact, a reckless endangerment conviction is a class A misdemeanor, so its important that you defend yourself and your rights. There is no better way to defend yourself than to hire an attorney from Ogden Criminal Defense, our criminal defenders have represented thousands of clients and they will work tirelessly to make sure you get the best outcome available.