Child Endangerment Laws

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What are Child Endangerment Laws?

Child Endangerment laws make it a crime to endanger the health or life of a child through an adult's recklessness or indifference.  Some states include child endangerment offenses in existing child abuse statutes.  Other states made child endangerment a separate offense.

What are Examples of Child Endangerment?

The states differ as to what constitutes child endangerment, but some common examples include: 

What are the Penalties for Endangering a Child?

The penalties for endangering a child vary from state to state but can be very severe: 

What Can you Do if you are Accused of Endangering a Child?

If you are accused of endangering a child, you should speak to a criminal defense lawyer immediately to learn more about your rights, your defenses and the complicated legal system. 

Victims of Child Abuse

If you are a victim of Child Abuse, you should call the police.  If there is sufficient evidence, the police will then forward your case to the District Attorney's office to prosecute the person who committed the child abuse against you.

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Last Modified: 04-18-2011 09:35 AM PDT

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