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Reckless Endangerment Law
CRIMINAL LAW TITLE 3. OTHER CRIMES AGAINST THE PERSON SUBTITLE 2. ASSAULT, RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT, AND RELATED CRIMES Md. CRIMINAL LAW Code Ann. § 3-204 (2014) § 3-204. Reckless endangerment (a) Prohibited. -- A person may not recklessly: (1) engage in conduct that creates a substantial risk of death or serious physical injury to another; or (2) discharge a firearm from a motor vehicle in a manner that creates a substantial risk of death or serious physical injury to another. (b) Penalty. -- A person who violates this section is guilty of the misdemeanor of reckless endangerment and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 5 years or a fine not exceeding $ 5,000 or both. (c) Exceptions. -- (1) Subsection (a)(1) of this section does not apply to conduct involving: (i) the use of a motor vehicle, as defined in § 11-135 of the Transportation Article; or (ii) the manufacture, production, or sale of a product or commodity. (2) Subsection (a)(2) of this section does not apply to: (i) a law enforcement officer or security guard in the performance of an official duty; or (ii) an individual acting in defense of a crime of violence as defined in § 5-101 of the Public Safety Article. HISTORY: An. Code 1957, art. 27, § 12A-2(a)-(b); 2002, ch. 26, § 2; ch. 44; 2003, ch. 17.