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New Jersey’s endangering the welfare of a child statute imposes severe penalties for parents, guardians , caregivers and others who are accused of various forms of abuse and neglect. While the law is, understandably, designed to protect children as much as possible, its broad scope means some people face charges that are unfounded, and false accusations can lead to life-changing criminal prosecutions as well. The statute also is often relied upon to remove children from the parent’s or guardian’s custody.
If you have been charged with endangering the welfare of a child, contact a New Jersey DYFS* lawyer at our firm and we will fight to make sure you face as few consequences as possible. We are sensitive to the unique and challenging aspects of facing child-related criminal charges, and we have the skill and experience required to help protect your future. Do not let false accusations or aggressive prosecution negatively affect your life – put our criminal defense team on your side so that we can fight for the outcome you deserve.
New Jersey’s child endangerment statute outlines six primary types of offenses that range in severity from crimes of the first degree to crimes of the third degree:
Child Abuse or Neglect
In addition to the standard penalties for first, second and third-degree crimes (with those convicted of a second degree crime facing 5-10 years of imprisonment and those convicted of third degree crimes facing between 3 to 5 years), the child endangerment statute includes steep fines, certain mandatory minimum sentences and provides for extended terms of imprisonment under certain circumstances. Individuals charged with sex-related and child-related offenses in New Jersey can face a variety of other consequences as well such as sex offender registration under Megan’s Law, Parole Supervision for Life and possible civil commitment.
For more information about defending yourself against charges of endangering the welfare of a child in New Jersey, contact the law offices of Helmer, Conley and Kasselman. To schedule a confidential initial consultation with an experienced New Jersey DYFS* lawyer, call 1-609-281-8657 or request an appointment online now.
* DYFS or the Division of Youth and Family Services has changed their name to Department of Child Protection & Permanency (DCP&P)
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