What are the consequences for child endangerment?



    When a person in New York State puts a child’s life in danger, they will be subject to severe consequences. Law enforcement and state courts take endangering the welfare of a child very seriously and will punish the offender to the fullest extent of the law. Child Protective Services and law enforcement work together to make sure no children are put at risk.

    Any person who is charged with endangering the welfare of a child may actually be faced with a felony and therefore will require strong legal representation to fight on his or her behalf in court. In addition, child endangerment charges are usually paired with compounded sentencing, which means that they are facing more than one criminal charge. Of course, it depends on your particular situation. One of the more common instances of this situation is when a person is charged with a DWI with a child in the car. So, not only would they be charged for driving while intoxicated, but also for endangering the welfare of a child.

    A person who is faced with a child endangerment charge can receive either a Class A or B misdemeanor or a Class E Felony. Class B misdemeanor charges are issued when a person deals with a child in an unlawful matter. Class A misdemeanors are more severe. These charges are made when a child’s wellbeing is put in danger, a child care provider has misrepresented themselves, or a child has been punished in an unlawful manner. In a more extreme scenario, any person who has abandoned a child will be charged with a Class E felony.

    If you have been charged with endangering the welfare of a child in New York State, you will require strong legal representation to assist you in fighting these charges.

    If you are in need of experienced legal counsel in New York State, please contact Grunwald & Seman, P.C. and we would be happy to assist you. 

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