THE DEFINITION OF RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT IN TENNESSEE:
Reckless endangerment in Tennessee has a relatively straightforward definition:
A person commits an offense who recklessly engages in conduct that places or may place another person in imminent danger of death or serious bodily injury.
However, different methods of Reckless Endangerment in Tennessee carry very different consequences if convicted.
CONSEQUENCES IF CONVICTED OF RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT IN TENNESSEE:
Generally speaking, Reckless Endangerment in Tennessee is an A Misdemeanor punishable by up to 11 months and 29 days in jail if convicted. However, Reckless Endangerment in Tennessee may be charged as a violent felony if the allegation is that it was committed in any of the following ways:
If the Reckless Endangerment is committed with a deadly weapon then the person charged is facing an E Felony which means that, if convicted, the possible punishment is 1-6 years in jail. Under this part of the statute what qualifies as a “deadly weapon” has been interpreted and defined by Tennessee courts as being a very broad term which includes a motor vehicle involved in a crash with injuries where the driver is alleged to have driven recklessly.
If the Reckless Endangerment is committed by firing a gun into a home where people are inside then the person charged is facing a C Felony which means that, if convicted, the possible punishment is 3-15 years to serve in prison.
If the Reckless Endangerment is committed by firing a gun into a home where no one is inside then it is a D Felony which means that, if convicted, the person charged is facing a possible punishment of 2-12 years to serve in prison.
Additionally, a felony conviction has serious impacts on your life outside the criminal legal system; it takes away your rights (for example, by being a convicted felon you cannot possess firearms or even be around firearms for that matter) and it permanently tarnishes your reputation because felony Reckless Endangerment in Tennessee is a violent felony, and a conviction is permanent. A violent felony conviction on your record has a very real limiting effect on your life and your future. Employment opportunities may be hard to find and career paths may come to a halt.
The Importance of Hiring An Attorney:
Do not face a Reckless Endangerment charge alone.
The alleged victim is not alone in his or her prosecution of you and has the full force of the police department investigating the allegation against you, as well as the District Attorney’s office prosecuting the charge against you. You shouldn’t face the storm of prosecutors, police, and alleged victims alone in your defense. That is why if you are facing or are under investigation for a Reckless Endangerment charge in Tennessee you need a reliable attorney who knows how to handle Reckless Endangerment cases, who will advocate aggressively for you and your rights, and that knows how to handle the various complexities of an Endangerment investigation and charge.
If you are under investigation for or if you have been charged with Reckless Endangerment in Franklin, Nashville, or the Middle Tennessee area, and want a strong criminal defense attorney on your side who will fight for you and your rights then contact Legal Powers, PLLC today for a free consultation to see why our representation is right for you.
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