Laws are put in place to deter people from committing crimes that could harm others, themselves, or property. Depending on the nature of the offense, the criminal charges and subsequent penalties can be significant. In particular, violent crimes are treated differently than other criminal offenses, often carrying more severe punishments. However, in some cases, people may not even realize that certain actions constitute a crime, thus inadvertently committing them. For instance, “reckless conduct” is considered a violent crime in Illinois, but some may not even understand what actions can result in this type of criminal charge.
How Is Reckless Conduct Defined?
Violent crimes can refer to a range of criminal offenses such as battery, sexual assault, armed robbery, firearm violations, and more. One such violent crime in Illinois is reckless conduct, which is also known as reckless endangerment. According to Illinois law, reckless conduct is committed when someone recklessly performs an act or acts that cause bodily harm to or endanger the safety of another person, or that cause great bodily harm or permanent disability or disfigurement to another individual.
It is important to note that several reckless conduct acts warrant their own charge. For instance, the criminal transmission of HIV occurs when a person diagnosed with HIV knowingly participates in unprotected sex or donates blood, thus risking the lives of others. Another example is criminal housing management, which occurs when a building owner or manager fails to maintain safe conditions for his or her tenants. Common carrier recklessness can be prosecuted if an individual endangers the safety of others while operating a mode of transportation such as a bus, train, or taxi cab.
Illinois Punishments for a Violent Crime
Those facing specific criminal charges could face years in prison if convicted. In addition, they might be ordered to pay costly fines. Other sentences may include probation, loss of driving privileges, or mandatory counseling for anger management, drug, or alcohol abuse. Reckless conduct is generally charged as a misdemeanor in Illinois, which can carry a one-year prison sentence. If the act causes great bodily harm or permanent disability, it may be charged as a Class 4 felony, possibly resulting in 1-3 years in jail.
Contact a DuPage County Criminal Defense Attorney
Any type of criminal charge can impact your life dramatically. In Illinois, certain actions can lead to reckless conduct charges, which carry steep penalties. If you suddenly find yourself facing time behind bars, consult the accomplished legal team at Ana M. Mencini & Associates, P.C. Our dedicated Itasca criminal defense lawyers will carefully review the details of your case to make sure your rights are protected every step of the way. Call our office today at 630-875-1700 to schedule a private consultation.