What are the Potential Consequences of Being Convicted of Endangering the Welfare of a Child?

If you find yourself facing charges of endangering the welfare of a child, you need to contact an attorney as soon as possible. The courts in New York take this accusation very seriously, and if convicted, you may face severe punishments, including jail time. If you believe you are being wrongly accused of endangering the welfare of a child, then you need an experienced attorney who will tenaciously fight for your rights. If you are being charged with endangering the welfare of a child, here are some of the questions you may have:

Are there different degrees of child endangerment?

There are three different degrees of child endangerment, each with increasing severity. The first of the three is a Class A Misdemeanor. Here are some of the charges you may be facing with a 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 daycare provider

These are all extremely heinous offenses, and the penalties only get worse as you go. 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 either the abandonment or non-support of a child in the first degree. If you find yourself facing any of these charges, you cannot wait. You must get in touch with an experienced attorney today, as these charges will most likely affect child custody and other matters as well.

What happens if I am charged with child endangerment on top of another crime?

If you are charged with endangering a child at the same time as being charged with another illegal act, there is a good chance you will face compound sentencing. For example, if you were caught drinking and driving and also had a minor in the car, you will be facing extremely harsh and compounded charges. The state of New York will do whatever they can to ensure you pay for your decision. 

Contact our Rockland County firm

With the laws regarding child endangerment being as broad as they are in New York State, you may be held accountable for something that was taken way out of context, or even something that never happened at all. If you believe this is the case, contact our firm today. Do not let this case get out of hand–get help while you still can.

Kevin T. Conway has over 30 years of experience as a Spring Valley criminal attorney handling DUI, DWI, traffic violations, violent crimes, sex crimes, illegal gun possession, shoplifting, and juvenile crimes. Attorney Conway is also experienced in commercial law matters, zoning law, and estate planning. If you need a Rockland County criminal lawyer, contact our Spring Valley office for a free consultation.