Endangerment Laws in Arizona: A.R.S. 13-1201

Endangerment is defined broadly as a crime.

Endangerment Laws in Arizona

In Arizona, “endangerment” is a crime. Defined broadly, endangerment charges can come in conjunction with other criminal charges as well, such as negligent homicide or DUI.

According to A.R.S. 13-1201, a person commits endangerment by recklessly endangering another person with a substantial rick of imminent death or physical injury.

It should be noted that this statute does not require anyone to actually be injured or harmed in any way, nor for a victim to be named, for a charge to be issued.

Penalties for Endangerment Charges

Endangerment involving a substantial risk of imminent death is a class 6 felony, for which offenders can face incarceration of up to two years.

Endangerment in any other case is a class 1 misdemeanor, for which offenders can face incarceration of up to six months.

Examples of Endangerment

Because endangerment has a vague definition, examples vary and can include:

  • Excessive speeding
  • Shooting a firearm up into the air
  • Failing to report child abuse
  • Reckless driving
  • DUI
  • Leaving a child alone in a car in excessive heat

Because endangerment charges are often charged in conjunction with other serious crimes, it is important to have an experienced defense attorney to obtain the most favorable outcome.



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