Criminal Defense

Recklessly Endangering Another Person or Reckless Endangerment


In Pennsylvania, the crime of Recklessly Endangering Another Person (often abbreviated by the acronym “REAP”), is when someone engages in conduct which places or may place another person in danger of death or serious bodily injury. REAP is a misdemeanor of the second degree, which can be punishable by up to two years of imprisonment.

In New Jersey, the crime of Reckless Endangerment, whose name sounds the same as the crime of REAP in Pennsylvania, is quite different. In NJ, it generally includes when someone purposely or knowingly does any act, including putting up a false light, which results in the loss or destruction of a vessel. It includes when someone manufactures or sells a golf ball containing acid or corrosive fluid substance. It also includes when someone purposely or knowingly offers, gives or entices any person to take or accept any treat, candy, gift, food, drink or other substance that is intended to be consumed which is poisonous, intoxicating, anesthetizing, tranquilizing, disorienting, deleterious or harmful to the health or welfare of such person, without the knowledge of the other person as to the identity and effect of the substance.

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