Endangering Welfare of a Child
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Representing New York clients facing child endangerment charges

New York actively works to protect children in any way possible. Accordingly, endangering the welfare of a child is a very serious offense and a mere accusation has the potential to affect one’s life and livelihood. When children are involved, the state takes cases earnestly. Schools, doctors, hospitals, and other authority figures are often the first ones to report cases of child endangerment. These people are “mandated reporters” meaning that they are obligated by the law to report any signs of abuse, negligence, or endangerment of children. Aside from mandatory reporters, anyone can contact the authorities about the possibility of child endangerment. This can be dangerous for anyone acting well within the law.

The New York statute detailing the definition of endangering the welfare of a child is broad and confusing. Innocent behavior can easily be misinterpreted as endangerment of a child. In many situations, blameless people become criminals in the eyes of the law because of a difference of opinion regarding parenting style that puts no one at risk. Unfortunately, people regularly face the reality that the most innocent actions can lead to legal issues. If you are accused of child endangerment, you have a serious matter on your hands. You need to contact an experienced and effective law firm. You need to call Penichet & Alberga LLP as soon as possible.

Consequences of a child endangerment conviction

If you are charged with endangering the welfare of a child, you need to contact an attorney. Depending on the injury and what occurred, you could be charged with a misdemeanor or felony, subjecting you to a jail sentence, overwhelming fines, ACS/ CPS investigations, and the possibility of a permanent criminal record.  In many circumstances, a person charged with child endangerment will face a family offense petition filed in Family Court. There are countless instances where the state will compound charges, escalating the consequences. For example, if a person is charged with child endangerment tied to:

the state will charge them with more than one crime. The consequences can be quite devastating.

Contact a Westchester County law firm with the experience you need

Penichet & Alberga LLP has over 100 years of combined experience defending those charges with child endangerment. Our firm understands how easily a blameless situation can escalate into criminal charges and you should not have to deal with the consequences. If you are convicted, you could have a permanent criminal record and be subject to jail time. You need to consult with an attorney and protect your future. We will assess your case, guide you through your legal options, and passionately represent your needs. If you need our legal services regarding child endangerment charges, contact  us for a consultation immediately. Our office phone number in White Plains is 914-806-6675.