In the state of New York, endangering the welfare of a child is a serious offense. Obviously, when children are involved, law enforcement and courts are proactive in protecting the interests of young ones. Often, schools, doctors, hospitals, and other authority figures are the first ones to report these cases. They are called “mandatory reporters.” Anyone can call child services or law enforcement and do the same. Sometimes, a neighbor is the one that sees something they interpret as endangerment. The statute that details the definition of endangering the welfare of a child is broad and confusing. There are many times when innocent behavior is misinterpreted as endangerment of a child. Blameless people can become criminals in the eyes of law enforcement simply because they disagree with a parenting style or an honest mistake that put no one in real danger. There have been many instances of prosecutors and police officers arbitrarily threatening these charges. Unfortunately, people face this reality regularly. Our firm has successfully fought countless accusations, freeing our clients of devastating charges. If you need a Spring Valley attorney with years of criminal defense experience, contact The Law Office of Kevin T. Conway.
Endangering the welfare of a child charge is a serious situation. It can be a misdemeanor or felony grade offense, depending upon the level of injury and what might have occurred. This can subject you to a jail sentence and fines. If you are convicted, you could have a permanent record that can affect your entire life. Many times, when a parent or guardian is charged with this offense, there may be a family offense petition filed in Family Court. In addition, Child Protective Services (CPS) will investigate for abuse or neglect. There are many instances where the state compounds multiple offenses, escalating the consequences. For example, our firm has handled these offenses in connection with an assault, DWI, drug charge, sexual abuse, and many violent crimes. It is important to know what your future holds. Contact an attorney immediately.
Endangering the welfare of a child is a serious situation. With the possibility of a compound sentence, you need to contact an attorney as soon as possible. If you are convicted, you could be subject to a criminal charge that will affect the rest of your life. As stated above, the law is so broad and vague that the most innocent behavior can be considered “endangering.” If you have been charged with endangering the welfare of a child, you need an experienced attorney as soon as possible. If you need our legal services, contact The Law Office of Kevin T. Conway immediately.