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Are you facing endangerment charges in Arizona? The Law Office of Joshua A. Lopez, LLC can help you understand your case and be your reliable legal partner during this tough time.

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Endangerment is a very vague crime because it covers a range of actions that can be considered endangerment. If one is unaware of these actions, building a legal defense to counter the charges can be hard. The victim doesn’t even need to be injured to have an endangerment charge heard in court.

With The Law Office of Joshua A. Lopez, LLC, you don’t have to become confused in reading the law regarding endangerment and its penalties. When we receive your Phoenix endangerment case, our team will review your case to determine if the charges are warranted before building a strong legal defense to fight it. We will do our best to fight for your rights and prepare you for any outcome the case may have once the hearings are complete.

Call The Law Office of Joshua A. Lopez, LLC at (480) 630-1143 for your Consultation with a Phoenix Endangerment lawyer.

Definition of Endangerment in Arizona

In the Arizona statute, endangerment or reckless endangerment is defined as an act that recklessly endangers another person “with a substantial risk of imminent death or physical injury.”

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Given its definition, it is applicable in many situations and connected to other forms of criminal offenses. Most often, endangerment cases that occur across the state are vehicular endangerment, as it is often confused with reckless driving.

If the defendant is aware of the risk that their actions entail and disregards consequences involved, their action is considered reckless endangerment.

Let our legal experts on the Phoenix endangerment case assess your situation and the attached penalties to determine if your actions are indeed considered endangerment. We will then guide you through the legal process of how endangerment will be sentenced and show you the best legal options on how it can be countered.

Penalties for Endangerment

In most endangerment cases, it is considered a Class 1 misdemeanor if the defendant is found guilty of the charges. They can face up to six months in jail or more depending on the action committed and fines up to $2,500 with surcharges added to the total fine. Restitution may also be added by the court, and additional penalties depending on the nature of the endangerment and your prior conviction.

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The case becomes a Class 6 felony if the court finds that the endangerment committed brought substantial risk of imminent death to the victims or reckless endangerment. Depending on the defendant’s prior convictions and the act committed, the minimum sentence will be around 1.5 years in prison, up to 3 years at a maximum.

If the defendant is found guilty of vehicular endangerment, their driver’s license can be suspended or revoked, and they have to complete mandatory counseling. They may also face DUI charges if they cause endangerment because they were impaired by drugs or alcohol during the event. Restitution may also be added to the penalties.

Our team at The Law Office of Joshua A. Lopez, LLC can determine which penalties will apply to your case and explain why certain charges are added to your case. We will then personalize the legal defense we will use for your case in order to counter a severe penalty or seek its dismissal. If that is not possible, we will do our best to fight for a lighter sentence to the best of our abilities.

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If you find yourself charged with endangerment, don’t leave it to chance because the penalties can become severe if you fail to defend yourself in court. There is also a higher risk of a harsher sentence if you have a prior conviction. However, by partnering with a trusted and experienced Phoenix, AZ criminal law firm like The Law Office of Joshua A. Lopez, LLC, you are assured that you have access to the right legal options to defend yourself properly. We can also fight on your behalf for a lighter sentence or get the case dismissed if possible.

To learn more about our Phoenix endangerment service and other criminal legal services, don’t hesitate to set up a legal consultation with us. One of our criminal lawyers is ready to take on your case and make it easier for you to understand it and its possible outcomes.

Call The Law Office of Joshua A. Lopez, LLC at (480) 630-1143 for your Consultation with a Phoenix Endangerment lawyer.