California Child Endangerment Attorney
Have You Been Charged With Child Endangerment? Do Not Face This Charge Alone! Let WEBER LAW Help You Today!
Being a parent is hard work. No one has all of the right answers, and mistakes happen. Being charged with child endangerment can have detrimental effects on your entire life. It can carry hefty fines, serious jail time, and a black mark on your record that could affect who hires you, which potential landlords you have, or could even involve taking away custody of your child. The courtroom can be a scary place, especially when children are involved in the crime. Do not face these charges alone; let Weber Law help you today!
California Child Endangerment Charges and Penalties
What is Child Endangerment?
There are different criminal aspects regarding child endangerment. Child endangerment is a serious crime and requires legal expertise to navigate.
Any person who, under circumstances or conditions likely to produce great bodily harm or death, willfully causes or permits any child to suffer, or inflicts thereon unjustifiable physical pain or mental suffering, or having care or custody of any child, willfully causes or permits the person or health of that child to be injured, or willfully causes or permits that child to be placed in a situation where his or her person or health is endangered, is guilty of child endangerment.
Any person who, under circumstances or conditions other than those likely to produce great bodily harm or death, willfully causes or permits any child to suffer, or inflicts thereon unjustifiable physical pain or mental suffering, or having the care of custody of any child, willfully causes or permits the person or health of that child to injured, or willfully causes or permits that child to be placed in a situation where his or her person or health may be endangered, is guilty of child endangerment.
But what situations constitute a charge of child endangerment? Examples include leaving a child in a locked car in the summer; leaving a weapon in reach of a child, such as a loaded gun on the nightstand; or leaving your child with someone you know abuses them because you have no other option.
What is the Punishment For Child Endangerment?
The punishment for child endangerment depends on the severity of the circumstances surrounding the crime.
If the child is endangered to the point that the circumstances or conditions will likely produce great bodily harm or death, the convicted person can be punished by imprisonment ranging from one to six years.
If the child is endangered to the point that the circumstances or conditions will not likely produce great bodily harm or death, the convicted person can be punished with a misdemeanor with a lesser sentence of imprisonment for up to a year, as well as fines, or both.
Probation can also be granted in some cases of child endangerment, but there are stipulations. The person has to serve probation for at least forty-eight months, they must complete a child abuser’s treatment counseling program, and they must pay all reasonable fees due to the counseling program.
This leaves a lot of interpretation to be left to the court. Let Weber Law defend you to get you acquitted, or get you the lowest sentence possible.
Contact Weber Law immediately if you’ve been arrested on a child endangerment charge. We offer a free confidential case evaluation – serving Los Angeles and the surrounding areas.
What Should You Do If You Have Been Charged With Child Endangerment, And How Can WEBER LAW Help You?
It can be scary and nerve wracking to have criminal charges on your record, but it has an added severity when it involves child endangerment. A charge such as this one can lead to the loss of a job, loss of potential jobs, and a reputation that you do not want. The court system can be intimidating, and without good legal help, the consequences can last years and be extremely expensive. Our experienced team is comfortable looking at evidence, negotiating potential plea agreements, and defending you in court. There are ways to fight the allegation of child endangerment, including things such as accidents, reasonable discipline, and not knowing the situation you were leaving the child in. Weber Law will look at all the evidence available to keep you from facing harsh jail time and hefty fines. Weber Law will work to lower your charge or sentence. Child endangerment, no matter the circumstances, is not a charge that you want to fight alone; let our team of experienced attorneys help you navigate the criminal justice system. If you or someone you know has been charged with child endangerment in the state of California, contact Weber Law for your free consultation today.
CA Penal Code § 273a, Willful harm or injury to child; endangering person or health; punishment’ conditions of probation
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