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Child abuse or endangerment is a vast category within the law. Anyone who violates the laws in California’s penal code 273a PC can be charged with endangerment. Inflicting mental or physical pain on a child, in any manner, falls under this statute of the law. It can be neglecting their physical needs, or leaving marks on them from spanking with a belt. There are so many various acts that fit under this category, so often many different crimes are represented with one charge.
What is Child Endangerment?
Let us imagine that you are driving your car while under the influence of alcohol, and your children are in the back seat. Though you may not get into an accident, if an officer stops you for driving drunk, they will also charge you with child endangerment. It is a felony to drive drunk with a child in the car. Another example would be having a loaded gun in your home. All weapons need to be kept in a locked box. Even if your child does not hurt themselves with the gun, you still are negligent in leaving it within easy access. Anytime you do something that puts a child’s life in danger, you can face charges under this law.
The Severity of Child Endangerment
Due to the fact that the category for endangerment is vast, it can fall under the category of a misdemeanor or a felony. The crime and severity will depend on how the charge is handled. If the crime is a felony level, you can receive up to six years in prison. While the criminal system is usually correct, there are many times that innocent people are wrongfully accused. Things can get really unpleasant when these types of charges are pending. Child Protective Service can take custody of the children and you can be limited in your contact with them. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding the case, you need legal help.
The Impact A Legal Team Can Have On Your Case
Oftentimes, the police will make a big case out of nothing and blow situations out of proportion. In some cases, someone else may have created the danger and you got the blame. We, however, will step in and write the wrong. We find out all the details surrounding the case. Perhaps, you did take precautions to ensure the child’s safety. We get to the bottom of every situation and find out the truth. Our goal is to get the charges reduced or dismissed. A charge like this will have a devastating impact on your future. Child endangerment charges can prohibit you from working in a daycare or any setting that involves children. We want to help you get through this difficult time.
A Strong Defense is Key
Our legal team will prepare an active defense on your behalf. Thankfully, we know how endangerment cases are investigated and prosecuted. We also know how to defend a client facing these charges. Our defense can be that the incident did not happen intentionally, you were within your rights to discipline your child, or you were not the party responsible.
California has a three strikes law when it comes to child endangerment and other crimes at a felony level. If you are found guilty and have more than one felony charge, you can do time for the other felony charges too. We want to help you get out of this mess. The only way to get through this is with a sophisticated legal team that knows the law. If you are facing endangerment charges, give us a call. We want to help.