Reckless endangerment encompasses many different range of conduct such as reckless driving or causing bodily harm. Regardless of the act, any reckless endangerment involves an intentional or reckless disregard of the safety of an individual.
A reckless disregard involves a person knowing they are placing another individual or people in danger with their actions or failure to act. However, they do not care that harm may come to those individuals by engaging in the specific act or omission.
A person in Georgia can be charged with this crime when they:
- Cause bodily harm to a person or place that person at risk of bodily harm and
- Consciously disregard a substantial and unjustifiable risk that their act or failure to act will cause harm to or endanger the safety of the person
The perpetrator’s disregard constitutes a gross deviation from what a reasonable person would have done in the same situation.
Gross deviation is a major part of criminal negligence cases. It means the person’s conduct was so far from what a reasonable, ordinary person would do that the conduct is criminal. Their action or lack thereof placed others at risk for harm or showed a disregard for human life.
Bodily harm is any physical injury that interferes with someone’s physical comfort or health. It is a long-lasting or permanent injury. Examples of bodily harm include:
- Loss of limbs
- Permanent scarring
- Neck, spine, or head injuries
In Georgia, this crime is a misdemeanor. It is punishable by time in a county jail of up to a year.
Having legal representation is immensely helpful whenever you are facing a criminal charge. Contact a Georgia lawyer immediately regarding your reckless conduct case and determine how to resolve it.