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Child Endangerment Laws, Charges And Statute of Limitations

June 25, 2020 Federal Criminal Attorneys

Child endangerment is a form of child abuse. If you put a child in a situation to where they can be seriously hurt, then you can be charged with child endangerment. People who are charged with child endangerment often commit assault. However, you do not have to assault a child to put them in danger.

What Are the Elements of Child Endangerment?

The purpose of punishing child endangerment is to prevent someone from doing something that can potentially hurt a child. In order for you to be charged with child endangerment, the relationship between you and the child has to be established. You cannot be charged with child endangerment if you did not have a responsibility to care for the child.

In addition to parents and grandparents, social workers, teachers and child care workers can also be charged with child endangerment. When people think about child endangerment, they often think about a deliberate act that puts a child in danger. For example, a parent leaving a child in a hot car is an act of child endangerment.

However, if a person fails to do something, then they can be charged with child endangerment. For example, if a child care worker does not give the child their required medication and they get sick as a result of this, then they can be charged with child endangerment.

It is also important to note that you do not have to hurt a child in order to be charged with child endangerment. If you put a child in a dangerous situation, then you may face a child endangerment charge. For example, if you are dealing drugs and have a child around, then you may get a child endangerment charge.

Punishment for Child Endangerment

There are several factors that will affect the punishment that you will get for child endangerment. This includes the place you live and the circumstances surrounding the child child endangerment. Jail sentences typically range from six months to 20 years.

You may also receive probation. There may be several stipulations that come along with being put on probation. This includes things such as taking parenting classes and counseling. Furthermore, if you are the parent or guardian, then you may have your parental rights terminated.

Defenses to Child Endangerment

It is important for you to hire an attorney as soon as possible. The attorney will help you come up with the best defense possible. The threat of imminent danger is one of the main defenses that can be used. What one person class imminent danger may not necessarily be considered dangerous by another person.

For example, a parent leaves their 13-year-old child at home alone for several hours. Someone may call this dangerous and irresponsible. Others may not see that as a problem.

The relationship between the child and caregiver is another defense that can be used. If you are not a caregiver, then you cannot be charged with child endangerment. You also cannot be charged with child endangerment if you were a caregiver in the past and no longer wish to be.

You can also say that your child was in a safe place. This is a defense that many states have in order to prevent mothers from putting their unwanted children in the garbage can. A parent can take the child to a hospital or fire station. There are also states that allow you to deliver older children to a safe place.

Statute of Limitations

The Statute of Limitations for child endangerment can vary greatly. This will depend on the type of crime that was committed against the child, the age of the child and the criminal history of the caregiver. The Statute of Limitations typically ranges from three to 10 years.

You need to hire an attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney will help protect your rights and represent you in court. They will fight the charges as soon as possible.

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