Child Endangerment Houston Defense Attorney

A child endangerment charge [Texas Penal Code 22.041] in Texas is a very serious offense with long lasting consequences. The law defines child endangerment as:

A person commits an offense if he intentionally, knowingly, recklessly, or with criminal negligence, by act or omission, engages in conduct that places a child younger than 15 years in imminent danger of death, bodily injury, or physical or mental impairment.

In Harris County a person can be charged with child endangerment both regarding one’s own child as well as a child under one’s care. It’s important to note that while the act may be intentional, also reckless acts and negligence fall under child endangerment. One does not have to intend to hard the child. Some examples of child endangerment are leaving a child unattended in a vehicle and driving while intoxicated with a child. Even providing alcohol for an underage person counts as child endangerment.

Consequences for Child Endangerment

In Texas child endangerment is at minimum considered a state jail felony and a conviction can range between less than two years and up to twenty years in the penitentiary. There are also very large fines of up to $10,000. A conviction can also result in losing professional licenses, loss of employment opportunities, and loss of government assistance. For this reason if you or a loved one is charged with child endangerment, it is imperative to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Carl Haggard of The Haggard Law Firm has over 30 years of verified winning experience helping people in Houston who have been charged with child endangerment. Our legal defense team cares about our clients and we do everything possible to fight for you – email us or call (832) 328-0600 today for a free confidential consultation about your charges and we will immediately go to work for you.

Harris County Child Endangerment Case Results

Some of our recent victories

Child Endangerment April 17ENDANGERING A CHILD

Nos. 16-DCR-074986 & 074984
– Kelly N. & Thuan T

FORT BEND CO. DISMISSED March

Kelly and Thuan’s 11 yr old daughter was manipulative and would threaten to kill herself whenever facing punishment for acting out at school or home. In frustration they called her bluff one day by grabbing a knife and an unloaded gun & telling her – “Here’s how you can do it” before putting the gun back in the safe. CPS removed the children from the home for the several months it took us to prove the parents’ actions were imprudent but based on logistics and facts did not actually endanger Complainant’s life.


ENDANGERING A CHILD

Case No. 1508856 – Noble M.

DISMISSED September 29th

A neighbor called police after she heard a 3 year old child crying for several hours in the back yard next to hers. Police found the child in a neglected state with his father, who works nights, upstairs asleep. The boy woke up and left without waking up his father and managed to lock himself out. We hammered home a Dismissal at the point of setting it for Trial by using CPS records, parenting classes, proof of a new day care routine, better home security and a strong argument for how it happened that day due to their teen’s carelessness in not following the proper procedures before he left for school.


ENDANGERING A CHILD

Case No. 1502437, 1502438 – Montrey & Consuelo T.

DISMISSED May 16

This was the 2nd time in a week police had been called after clients’ 3-yr-old was found wandering around the parking lot barefoot and dirty. Although a child protective services case was filed and custody was given temporarily to a relative, we were able to get the criminal case endangering a child in Houston dismissed by carefully and forcefully presenting our case and evidence – that these are parents who love their son but who need instruction in better parenting techniques and in making their home safe against adventurous young children.


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