Child endangerment charges are taken very seriously in Florida. From long prison sentences to losing custody of your children, these crimes can affect you negatively in several different ways. Unfortunately, it is possible to be wrongly accused of these crimes. This may occur during divorces or custody battles. The complaints may take months and even years to investigate. That is why it is best to seek legal counsel as soon as possible to make sure you know your rights and options.
Some examples of child endangerment are:
Having your children in the car while driving under the influence
Leaving your kids in the car during a hot summer day while you’re in the store.
Having your child in the room while you are involved in illegal activity ( drug dealing)
One of the most serious charges against a child is child neglect causing great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement. This crime is considered a second degree felony and is punishable by up to 15 years in prison, 15 years of probation and a $10,000 fine.
The prosecutor will have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt:
Willfully or by culpable negligence failed or omitted to provide the victim with the care, supervision, and services necessary to maintain the victim’s physical or mental health; or
Failed to make a reasonable effort to protect the victim from abuse, neglect, or exploitation by another person;
While doing the above, the defendant caused great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement to the victim;
The defendant was a caregiver for the victim; and
The victim was under the age of 18 years.
These charges may be brought on by upset romantic partners or neighbors with overzealous stories. The law offices of Michael B. Cohen will investigate the claims and information given while the authorities and the Florida Department of Children and Families conduct their own investigation.
If you have been arrested or charged with the crime of Child Neglect, contact Michael B. Cohen today.
The initial consultation is free and we will advise you on what the next steps are in fighting for your freedom.