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.

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