West Chester, PA 19380
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Lee Ciccarelli is the founder and managing partner of Ciccarelli Law Offices with over two decades experience as a practicing attorney.
Joshua Tebay is an experienced attorney and former prosecutor licensed to practice in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Michael E. Houghton brings both passion and enthusiasm to criminal defense through his extensive knowledge and experience.
Timothy Kraeer is a highly experienced traffic attorney who handles related criminal and civil matters across the state.
Since 1992, Ann has been advocating for her clients both in and out of tough courtrooms of Philadelphia, which has cultivated her craft.
David Strenfel is a highly experienced attorney who focuses on trial advocacy, constitutional law, and criminal defense.
Jonathon Luff has successfully represented countless clients and gain freedom for many wrongfully accused individuals.
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Child endangerment is a broad term that can apply to a variety of situations. People often associate child endangerment with child abuse, but the charge can be applied in a plethora of situations. In Pennsylvania, any time a child's health or safety is jeopardized while under supervision of an adult, the caregiver could face criminal charges.
Being charged with child endangerment can have serious consequences on your life. If you are convicted, you could face jail time, fines or both. However, the penalties could be increased if there is a course of conduct endangering the child. A skilled attorney can help you fight the charges.
Child endangerment charges can have a substantial impact on your life and your family relationships. It is important to fight these charges and work to avoid a conviction. The child endangerment defense attorneys at Ciccarelli Law Offices are experienced in handling these cases and they can work one-on-one with you to find the best defense for the charges.
Call us at (610) 719-3200 to schedule a free consultation. We are based in West Chester and have office locations across the region, including in Philadelphia, King of Prussia, Plymouth Meeting, Kennett Square, Radnor, Springfield, Malvern and Lancaster. We serve clients in Chester County, Lancaster County, Montgomery County and Delaware County.
In Pennsylvania, a person can be charged with child endangerment if he or she knowingly endangers the child's welfare by violating a duty of care, protection or support, according to 18 PA.C.S. § 4304. This can apply to any parent, guardian, teacher or other person in charge of supervising the welfare of a child under age 18, according to state law.
A person also can be charged with child endangerment if he or she prevents or interferes in an official capacity with the making of a report of suspected child abuse. For instance, if a spouse knows the other has endangered a child and does not report it, he or she also could be charged with child endangerment.
This law makes one incident of child endangerment a crime, as well as repeat offenses. This means a person could face criminal charges whether only one act or multiple acts violated the law. However, multiple acts could be charged as a felony.
Endangering the welfare of a child does not have to be related to a domestic violence incident, although it can be. In fact, the charge could be applied to several different situations, and it often is more common than some people may believe. Any time a child is in danger, whether it is minor or serious, the charge could apply.
Some of the most common instances that lead to charges of endangering a child include:
Actual harm does not have to be done to the child for the court to argue child endangerment charges. The prosecution only has to prove there was the potential for harm. For instance, if a couple possesses illegal drugs in a home with children, but no child was harmed, the threat of danger could be enough to constitute criminal charges.
Child endangerment charges could apply whether the actions or situation were intentional or not. To obtain a conviction for child endangerment, a prosecutor does not have to prove that a parent or caregiver intentionally meant to expose the child to a dangerous situation. If a child is injured, it could be considered child abuse. An attorney can help you argue against the charges.
The penalties for child endangerment cases are determined based on several factors in the case. For example, if a person has a history of child endangerment, he or she could face enhanced penalties. Generally, an offense is a first-degree misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
If there is a proven pattern of child endangerment, the charge can be upgraded to a third-degree felony, according to 18 PA.C.S. § 4304. This could mean up to seven years in prison and up to $15,000 in fines.
Additionally, if a parent or guardian is convicted of child endangerment, depending on the facts of the case, he or she could lose parental rights. In some scenarios the other parent could be awarded sole custody, or the child could be forced to live with another member of the family. A court then would appoint a new guardian for the child.
Your freedom and your children are important. If you are facing child neglect or child endangerment charges, contact a domestic violence defense attorney at Ciccarelli Law Offices. Our lawyers can examine the facts of your case and work with you to achieve a favorable outcome. We understand the sensitivity of your case and we will handle it with the utmost importance. Call (610) 719-3200 today.