Endangering Welfare of Child

Garden City, NY Child Endangerment Lawyer

Defending Nassau County clients facing child endangerment charges.

Endangering the welfare of a child is a serious offense in the state of New York. When a child’s life is in danger, law enforcement is proactive and courts are aggressive towards those who put a child in a dangerous situation. The first signs of child endangerment are usually seen by school officials, medical professionals, and other authority figures educated in knowing what to look for, even the small clues. These people are called “mandated reporters” because they are legally obligated to report their findings or face potential liability for their inaction. Other individuals are known to also report these matters, including other parents, friends, neighbors, or family members. The problem lies in the fact that the statute that defines endangering the welfare of a child is confusing and very broad. When one person disagrees with the parenting style of another, one can easily report a blameless person, subjecting them to criminal charges and CPS or ACS matters. Honest mistakes can subject a person to a criminal investigation. If you are charged with child endangerment, you need an attorney that can fight for your family and your future. If you need a quality legal team to defend your case, contact Grunwald and Seman, P.C.

Consequences of the charges

Depending on the level of injury and what might have occurred, a child endangerment conviction can be a misdemeanor or felony. If you are found guilty, you could face a wide-ranging term of imprisonment and fines. A conviction will also subject you to a permanent record that can affect your entire life. Below are some of the crimes that fall under the definition of child endangerment and the charges that belong to the offense.

Class A Misdemeanor

  • Endangering the welfare of a child
  • Non-support of a child in the second degree
    • Unlawfully dealing with a child in the first degree
  • Misrepresentation by a child day care provider

Class B Misdemeanor

  • Unlawfully dealing with a child in the second degree

Class E Felony

  • Abandonment of a child
  • Non-support of a child in the first degree

Compounded sentencing

If your charges of child endangerment were because of another illegal act, you will most likely face some type of compounded sentencing. This means that you will not only face a child endangerment charge. You could be subject to more than one criminal charge. For example, if you were charged with the offense because you drove under the influence of drugs or alcohol with a child in the car, you would face a DWI or DWAI charge and the child endangerment charge, escalating your legal situation dramatically.

Contact a Long Island law firm with criminal case experience

If you are charged with endangering the welfare of a child, you are facing a serious situation. You need to contact an attorney to effectively represent your needs and explore all legal defenses to fight this ticket. The laws that define child endangerment are so broad that even the most innocent people can become criminals. If you need a passionate and determined law firm, contact Grunwald & Seman, P.C. for an initial consultation.