The crime of endangerment is defined by A.R.S. § 13-1201 and depending on the circumstances can be a class 1 misdemeanor or a class 6 felony. A person commits endangerment by recklessly endangering another person with a substantial risk of imminent death or physical injury. Endangerment involving a substantial risk of imminent death is a class 6 felony. In all other cases, endangerment is a class 1 misdemeanor. If you or a loved one is facing endangerment charges in Arizona, speak with a Phoenix endangerment attorney as soon as possible to preserve your rights and protect your future.
Recklessness is defined by A.R.S. § 13-105(10)(c) as the conscious disregard of a substantial and unjustifiable risk that a prohibited result will occur. In the case of endangerment, that means that in order to obtain a conviction the State must prove that the defendant acted in a manner that evidenced a conscious disregard of the fact that his conduct created a substantial and unjustifiable risk of either imminent death or physical injury. The “imminent” requirement means that a defendant’s conduct must create an immediate risk, as opposed to one that may arise later. For instance, if a defendant recklessly exposes another person to a toxic chemical that is likely to cause terminal cancer years down the line, he cannot be guilty of endangerment. This is because the risk created by his reckless conduct gives rise to a delayed risk of death, rather than an imminent one. Learn more about endangerment charges in Arizona by consulting a Phoenix criminal defense attorney experienced in defending against endangerment charges.
Endangerment is often charged in the vehicular context. If a defendant charged in that context is convicted of felony endangerment, they will face a one-year revocation of their driving privileges.
Regardless of how it came about, if you have been investigated for, arrested for, or charged with the crime of endangerment, you need experienced representation to protect your rights and interests. Give Stone Rose Law a call at (480) 498-8998 to schedule a free consultation with an endangerment attorney in Phoenix, AZ.