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What is Child Endangerment?
California Penal Code §273a defines Child Endangerment as, under circumstances or conditions likely to produce great bodily harm or death, willfully causing or permitting any child to suffer, or inflicting unjustifiable physical pain or mental suffering, or having the care or custody of any child, willfully causing or permitting the person or health of that child to be
injured, or willfully causing or permitting that child to be placed in a situation where his or her person or health is endangered
What must the prosecution prove to convict someone of Child Endangerment?
In order to be found guilty of PC §273a Child Endangerment, the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubt that the defendant:
The defendant, while having care or custody of a child, willfully caused or permitted the child to be placed in a situation where the child’s person or health was endangered,
The defendant was criminally negligent when he/she caused or permitted the child to suffer or be injured or endangered, and
The defendant did not act while reasonably disciplining a child.
Child Endangerment takes on many forms and in some cases, the line between punishment and endangerment may not be entirely clear. Please don’t try to be your own defense attorney. Contact the MyCriminalDefense today to set up a FREE confidential consultation to protect your freedom and reputation against unjust prosecution!!
What are the defenses to the charge of Child Abuse or Endangerment?
Child Endangerment is a very serious charge. Your attorney needs to prepare a vigorous and proactive defense to successfully contest such charges. The following defenses are often used to defend against Child Endangerment:
The “endangerment” was accidental and not the result of negligence.
The defendant was acting within his rights to discipline his/her own child. The law recognizes that parents can use a reasonable amount of physical force in disciplining their children- What is Reasonable varies form case to case, but the legal standard of reasonableness is what would a reasonable and prudent person do under the same or similar circumstances.
You were not the person responsible for the child or who caused the endangerment. If you had nothing to do with the child being placed in a dangerous situation then you are not legally responsible for the child’s wellbeing.
There is a possibility that you are being falsely accused of child endangerment. Perhaps the police or prosecutors are relying on misleading evidence. In this case, your defense lawyer will employ the services of a professional investigator to interview witnesses and investigate the false evidence on which the prosecution is relying to try to prove your guilt and prepare a highly skilled defense strategy that will protect you against an unjust prosecution.
Child Endangerment, as a felony or a misdemeanor, can result in very serious penalties such as imprisonment in the county jail or state prison. However, your attorney will prepare defense strategies, which can avoid prosecution and mitigate the seriousness of potential punishments. Please don’t try to be your own defense attorney. Contact the MyCriminalDefense today to set up a FREE confidential consultation to protect your freedom and reputation against unjust prosecution!!
My Criminal Defense has successfully defended hundreds of clients who have been falsely accused of endangerment crimes by conducting a thorough investigation of the facts of each of our clients’ cases. Our criminal defense attorneys have extensive experience handling such cases and, with our defense team of investigators and experts, our attorneys can help defend your legal rights and protect you against a wrongful and unjust prosecution.
With almost 100 collective years of experience serving as a legal defense team in Southern California we pride ourselves in our ability to create successful strategies that will protect your life and freedom.
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