Hoboken and Jersey City, NJ Child Endangerment Attorney
Defending clients against child endangerment charges
Endangering the welfare of a child is a serious crime. In New Jersey, these crimes are aggressively prosecuted by courts. If you have been charged with endangering the welfare of a child, you probably have a lot of questions and need to speak with an attorney at Keith Hirschorn, P.C. to discuss your case.
Defining child endangerment
Some examples of crimes that fall under endangering the welfare of a child include:
- Abuse, neglect, or extreme punishment
- Giving or offering to sell a child alcohol, tobacco, illegal weapons, drugs
- Choosing spiritual healing over conventional medicine when the child’s life is in danger
- Engaging a child in an occupation involving a substantial risk of danger to his or her life
Consequences of a child endangerment charge
Endangering the welfare of a child is a third degree felony. When the charges involve a violent or aggravated nature, it can be upgraded to a second degree felony. Whether you previously have a criminal record or not, you will have to serve time in state prison. This is very serious for anyone charged with the crime and the defendant is facing hostile courts ready to aggressively prosecute.
Also, anyone charged with endangering the welfare of a child may find themselves in litigation in family court if DYFS, now known as DCP&P, got involved in their family and found evidence of abuse or neglect to a child. Just because you’ve been charged with endangering the welfare of a child, does not mean all hope is lost. Endangering the welfare of a child is a significant crime, but the burden of evidence falls on the court. This means that they need overwhelming evidence against you to force you a guilty plea or assign you guilt at a trial.
Contact an experienced attorney who will fight for you
Whether or not DYFS or DCP&P has become involved, you must immediately consult with an experienced attorney in this area of law. The consequences of endangering the welfare of a child are not only criminal in nature, but you risk the increasing potential of consequences with your own children. Again, I must advise that if you’ve been charged with endangering the welfare of a child in New Jersey, immediately consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney at Keith Hirschorn, P.C. to discuss the facts of your particular case.