The charge of endangerment is incredibly vague and gives police officers broad discretion to arrest people for nearly any reason. In Arizona, a person can be charged with endangerment if the officer believes they were recklessly endangering another person with substantial risk of imminent death or physical injury. The key to defending an endangerment case is whether there was actually a substantial risk of imminent death or physical injury. An endangerment charge can either be a class 1 misdemeanor or class 6 felony. In any event, if convicted, a person could face mandatory jail or prison, fines, and probation. If you are facing an endangerment charge in Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale, or anywhere in Arizona, it is imperative that you are represented by an experienced criminal defense attorney who will fight to preserve your rights.
Understanding the Facts of an Endangerment Case
Our criminal defense attorney has seen cases where the prosecutor will file an endangerment charge because the incident involved a vehicle and they really could not find any other charges that fits the incident, but want to prosecute the defendant with something. Matthew Lopez is a dedicated Phoenix criminal defense attorney who uses his legal knowledge and investigation skills to determine if an endangerment charge is warranted. We use our resources to demonstrate that our clients did not present a substantial risk of imminent death or physical injury and fight to have our the endangerment charge dismissed or reduced.
If you have been arrested or charged with endangerment in Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale, or anywhere in Arizona, contact a criminal defense attorney at Matthew Lopez Law to schedule a free consultation. It is important to know your rights and have a knowledgeable lawyer provide you with valuable information relating to your case.