Child endangerment describes a group of criminal acts that place a child’s well-being at risk. The endangerment may be physical, mental, social, or moral. Types of child endangerment criminal charges involve driving while intoxicated with a child in the car, leaving a child unattended, failure to report suspected child abuse, and serving alcohol to minors.
No. In Texas, a person would be charged with committing a different crime called “harboring a runaway.” This is because the state makes a person criminally negligent to knowingly harbor, or hide, a child who has run away from their parent or legal guardian.
To convict a person, the state has to prove:
Yes. Notifying the police that a runway is currently with you is a defense to harboring a runaway. However, the person would have to inform the police within 24 hours after discovering the runaway escaped from custody. The person can also inform the agency, legal guardian, or parent who had custody of the runaway within 24 hours instead of alerting the police.
Hiding a runaway is a Class A misdemeanor. This misdemeanor is punishable by:
Harboring a runway is one of the most serious misdemeanors in Texas. Thus, it is important to contact a Texas lawyer about fighting your charge to avoid possible jail time or a massive fine when facing a harboring a runaway criminal charge.
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