RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT LAW PENNSYLVANIA
Reckless Endangerment is conduct which places or may place another person in danger of death or serious bodily injury. In Pennsylvania Reckless endangerment is a 2nd degree misdemeanor.
To be found guilty of the crime of Reckless Endangerment, a person isn't required to intend the resulting or potential harm, but must have acted in a way that showed a disregard for the foreseeable consequences of the actions. The offense may occur in various contexts, such as, domestic cases, car accidents, construction site accidents, domestic/child abuse situations, and hospital abuse.
Two crimes which have aspects of Reckless Endangerment are Statutory Rape and Child Abuse.
In the state of Pennsylvania, Statutory rape is defined as sexual intercourse with a minor or person under the age of consent. This is an extremely serious crime that carries with it equally severe consequences. Statutory rape is generally classified as a crime against a person.
Per Pennsylvania law, child abuse is defined as any intentional act, or failure to act, which inflicts or could reasonably be expect to result in the, serious physical, mental injury, or sexual abuse of a child, or by active encouragement of any person to commit such an act . This charge can also apply if such acts could reasonably we expect to result in the imminent risk of this type of injury to a child. Child abuse charges can be pressed in any situation in which the victim is under 18 years of age.
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