In New York State, there are two different types of Reckless Endangerment charges contained in the New York State penal code. The first is Reckless Endangerment in the 2nd Degree, a Class “A” misdemeanor under New York Penal Law §120.20. The second is Reckless Endangerment in the 1st Degree, a Class “D” felony under New York Penal Law §120.25.
While both misdemeanors and felonies are serious, a felony conviction has more severe consequences than a misdemeanor conviction. A conviction for either of these offenses can have lasting ramifications on your life and liberty, so it is important that you contact a criminal attorney who handles reckless endangerment charges immediately if charged.