What Happens if you are Charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child in New York State?



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    If you are charged with endangering the welfare of a child, you may be facing serious consequences. Courts are usually very hard on people who put a child in harm’s way, and they are generally shown very little remorse in the courts. If you find yourself fighting this charge, it is crucial that you hire an experienced attorney who knows the laws and regulations, inside and out.

    What are some of the consequences of being charged with endangering the welfare of a child?

    If convicted, there are three different criminal categories you may face. The first is a Class A Misdemeanor. A Class A Misdemeanor means you may be charged with:

    • 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

    If you are convicted of a Class B Misdemeanor, you may be charged with unlawfully dealing with a child in the second degree. If convicted of a Class E Felony, you may be charged with abandonment of a child or non-support of a child in the first degree.

    What other penalties may you face if charged with endangering the welfare of a child?

    If you were charged with endangerment because of another illegal act, then there is a good chance you will end up dealing with some sort of compounded sentencing. This means that if you were doing something that was already illegal at the time of endangering a minor, then you will be charged for both of those things, which could potentially increase the severity of your punishment.

    Contact an experienced Long Island law firm

    If you are charged with endangering the welfare of a child, one of the smartest decisions you could make is contacting an attorney you can trust. At Grunwald & Semen, we take pride in our knowledge and passion for law. You have our word that we will zealously fight for your rights, from start to finish. Do not hesitate to get in touch with our team, as time is of the essence when you are involved in a case of this nature. Since the laws that define child endangerment are so broad, innocent people often become criminals very quickly. This means a small incident could potentially rapidly turn into a nightmare, so you must do everything in your power to prevent that from happening.

    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 and we would be happy to assist you.

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