Maybe it was a simple mistake. You had to run out of the house for only a few minutes. There was no one around who could watch your child for the time being. What could a few minutes do? A few minutes turned into five hours and when you return home, you find the police waiting for you. Your neighbor had heard your child crying and now you are being accused of child endangerment. What do you do next?
You pick up the phone and contact Jersey City child endangerment lawyer Anthony Carbone. For more than 27 years, the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone had been helping clients throughout New Jersey after being charged with endangering the welfare of a child. He understands the criminal system and he knows the severe penalties you are facing for a simple misunderstanding. He will fight hard to make sure you get a chance to tell your side of the story and he will make sure you get your children back after the charges have been cleared.
What is Child Endangerment?
According to New Jersey law, a person who has the legal duty to care for child harms or engages in sexual conduct is endangering the welfare of a child. Child endangerment is not necessarily sexual assault or abuse — it could sometimes be just negligent care by the parent. For example, driving your child to his soccer practice while intoxicated can be considered endangering a child in New Jersey.
Child endangerment is considered an indictable crimes offense and is either a third-degree or second-degree crime. If you are found guilty of a second-degree crime such as engaging in sexual conduct with a child, you will be facing 5 to 10 years in prison plus fines of up to $150,000, even if it is your first offense. If you are charged with a third-degree crime, you could get up to five years in jail and fines of up to $15,000.
If you are accused of sexual conduct with the minor, you will also be required to comply with Megan’s Law and register as a sex offender if convicted.
The Problem with NJ’s Endangerment Laws
The problem with child endangerment laws in New Jersey is they are pretty vague. It’s very easy for you to be accused falsely of neglecting your child. For instance, you can be charged with endangerment for using profanity in front of your child. Not only are you facing prison time and outrageous fine amounts, but you could lose custody of your children. For one bad word.
This means that if you’re embroiled in a bad custody battle, your ex may use a simple incident against you. Or a noisy neighbor thinks you’re yelling just a bit too much at your child.
Our Jersey City Child Endangerment Lawyer is Ready to Help
Neglecting a child is an offense that needs to be punished. But unfortunately, not all cases of child endangerment are truthful. There are many simple cases that don’t deserve the severe punishment that comes with these charges. That’s why you need someone to speak on your behalf to get your charges either reduced or dropped.
New Jersey child endangerment attorney Anthony Carbone has helped thousands with their criminal charges and is ready to help you with yours. Don’t wait a second longer. Contact the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone now for a free consultation.