In the state of New York, child endangerment charges are taken very seriously. They can result in consequences that have the potential to impact a person for the rest of their life. It is because of this that individuals facing these situations should retain the services of an experienced New York criminal defense attorney to receive help in protecting their future.
What is Child Endangerment?
There are different levels of child endangerment charges in the state of New York. The charge a person can receive varies depending on the act that was committed. The classifications of child endangerment charges include the following:
- Class A Misdemeanor: Given to individuals who endanger the welfare of a child, unlawfully deal with a child in the first-degree, misrepresentation by a child daycare provider, or individuals convicted of non-support of a child in the first degree.
- Class B Misdemeanor: Given to those who unlawfully deal with a child in the second degree.
- Class E Felony: Given to those who are convicted of abandoning a child or in the event of non-support in the first degree.
What is an Escalated Child Endangerment Charge?
There are many cases in which a person can be found committing two crimes at once. When a person is found to be committing a crime at the same time they are endangering the welfare of a child, it is known as escalated child endangerment. An example of this can include an individual operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs and alcohol with a minor in the vehicle with them. Individuals who are convicted of these charges can be sentenced to a jail sentence for a long time. It is because of this that those facing these charges should contact an aggressive criminal defense attorney who can help to fight for your second chance.
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Criminal matters can change the course of your life forever. This is why you need an experienced attorney who will aggressively combat your charges to help mitigate their long-term effects. If you are in need of experienced legal counsel for a criminal defense matter on Long Island or throughout New York State, please contact Grunwald & Seman, P.C. to schedule a consultation. We would be happy to assist you.