A BLOG from our Aidala, Bertuna & Kamins P.C. Partners Marianne Bertuna: Reckless Endangerment
“Woman who pushed friend off bridge pleads guilty to misdemeanor reckless endangerment – A state prosecutor recommended no jail time for the 19-year-old.”
Reckless Endangerment requires that the person being charged is aware that their actions place another person in danger of death or serious physical injury. There is a defense available to the accused, Taylor Smith, where she can plead to the Court that she was truly unaware that by pushing her then best friend, Jordan Holgerson, would result in anything close to a punctured lung or broken ribs. The Court will rely heavily on the Prosecutor’s recommendation for no jail time. The Prosecutor’s recommendation is most likely based on the fact that the accused is only 16 years old and while her actions extend far beyond “teenagers being teenagers” and regular “horseplay,” her age combined with the fact that fortunately this did not result in a much worse tragedy and her former best friend is recovering well.
Marianne Bertuna is the Executive Partner at Aidala Bertuna & Kamins, P.C. and as a mom herself, she understands that this story tugs at the heartstrings and fears and anxieties of all parents everywhere. We can only hope that teenagers who have heard or seen this story will learn that what they may view as a “joke” can lead to serious harm to their friends and loved ones, and how important it is to think about the consequences of your actions.
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