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Lee Ciccarelli

Lee Ciccarelli

Lee Ciccarelli is the founder and managing partner of Ciccarelli Law Offices with over two decades experience as a practicing attorney.

Joshua Tebay

Joshua Tebay

Joshua Tebay is an experienced attorney and former prosecutor licensed to practice in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Timothy Kraeer

Timothy Kraeer

Timothy Kraeer is a highly experienced traffic attorney who handles related criminal and civil matters across the state.

Ann DelCollo

Ann DelCollo

Since 1992, Ann has been advocating for her clients both in and out of tough courtrooms of Philadelphia, which has cultivated her craft.

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304 North High Street West Chester, PA 19380
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1515 Market St., #200 Philadelphia, PA 19102
135 East State St. Kennett Square, PA 19380
600 West Germantown Pike Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
1489 Baltimore Pike Ste 221 Springfield, PA 19064
101 Lindenwood Dr, Ste 225 Malvern, PA 19355
150 N. Radnor Chester Rd Ste. F200, Radnor, PA 19087
313 West Liberty St., Ste 341 Lancaster, PA 17603
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Recklessly Endangering Another Person (REAP)

Recklessly endangering another person is a criminal offense more commonly referred to as reckless endangerment or simply abbreviated as REAP. A person can be charged with this crime if he or she recklessly engages in conduct which places or could place another person in danger of death or serious bodily injury.

It is important to understand that Pennsylvania Consolidated Statute § 302(b)(3) establishes, "A person acts recklessly with respect to a material element of an offense when he consciously disregards a substantial and unjustifiable risk that the material element exists or will result from his conduct." In other words, a person who accidentally or negligently engages in conduct that endangers others could not be guilty of a REAP offense.

Attorney for Reckless Endangerment Arrests in West Chester, PA

Were you recently arrested in southeastern Pennsylvania for allegedly recklessly endangering another person? No matter how confident you are in your innocence, do not say anything to authorities without legal representation. Contact Ciccarelli Law Offices as soon as possible.

Our criminal defense lawyers in West Chester defend clients charged with crimes of violence in Springfield, Kennett Square, King of Prussia, Lancaster, Malvern, Philadelphia, Plymouth Square, Radnor, and many other surrounding areas of Chester County.

Call (610) 719-3200 to have our attorneys provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case during a free, confidential consultation.

Reckless Endangerment Overview in Pennsylvania

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Chester County Reckless Endangerment Charges

Pennsylvania Consolidated Statute § 2705 establishes that a person commits a REAP offense if he or she recklessly engages in conduct which places or may place another person in danger of death or serious bodily injury. Recklessly endangering another person is a second-degree misdemeanor.

A person acts recklessly, under Pennsylvania Consolidated Statute § 302(b)(3), if he or she consciously disregards a substantial and unjustifiable risk that the material element exists or will result from his conduct. The statute further notes that the risk must be of such a nature and degree that, considering the nature and intent of the alleged offender's conduct and the circumstances known to him or her, its disregard involves a gross deviation from the standard of conduct that a reasonable person would observe in the alleged offender's situation.

REAP charges are often connected to other criminal offenses, such as assault charges, child abuse, or driving under the influence (DUI) crimes resulting in motor vehicle accidents. Keep in mind that a prosecutor does not have to prove that an alleged offender's reckless conduct caused death or serious bodily injury, only that another person was potentially at risk of death or serious bodily injury.

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Reckless Endangerment Penalties in West Chester

As second-degree misdemeanor offenses, REAP convictions are punishable by up to two years in jail and fines of up to $5,000. Convictions can also cause additional hardships for individuals in matters concerning employment, housing, or professional licenses.

The possible defenses against recklessly endangering another person charges vary by case. In many cases, the alleged offender's actions were simple negligence and did not constitute the definition of recklessness.

In some cases, alleged offenders may be able to argue that the alleged actions did not involve any risk of death or serious bodily injury to other parties. In other cases, it may be possible that the alleged offender was misidentified. When a prosecutor does not have sufficient evidence to prove the crime beyond a reasonable doubt, the lack of evidence can always lead to criminal charges possible being thrown out.

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Reckless Endangerment Resources in Pennsylvania

Negligence | Title 18 Pennsylvania Consolidated Statute § 302 | General requirements of culpability — View this section of the Pennsylvania Code to read the full definition of recklessly. You can also find definitions relating to intentionally, knowingly, and negligently. The statute also explains when prescribed culpability requirement applies to all material elements, when requirement of intent is satisfied if intent is conditional, and when requirement of willfulness is satisfied by acting knowingly.

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 Ciccarelli Law Offices | West Chester Reckless Endangerment Defense Lawyer

If you were arrested for an alleged REAP offense anywhere in southeastern Pennsylvania, it will be in your best interest to immediately retain legal counsel. Ciccarelli Law Offices represents individuals in communities throughout Montgomery County, Chester County, Delaware County, Lancaster County, and the greater Philadelphia area.

Our West Chester criminal defense attorneys will tirelessly work as team to help you achieve the most favorable outcome to your case the results in the fewest possible consequences.

Call (610) 719-3200 or complete an online contact form to have our lawyers review your case and help you understand all of your legal options during a free, confidential consultation.

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