Endangering the welfare of a child, including sexual contact with a minor, child abuse, and child neglect, is an extremely serious charge. Anyone convicted will face the consequences for the rest of their life. Our criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Herbert I. Ellis, P.C., understand the serious and delicate nature of such charges. If you or someone you love is facing charges of endangering the welfare of a child, we are willing and able to assist you throughout the criminal justice process.
Child Endangerment Law in New Jersey
According to New Jersey State Law, an individual is guilty of Endangering the Welfare of a Child in the following circumstances:
An individual who has a legal duty or responsibility for caring for the child engages in sexual contact with that child which would cause the child harm, impair the child’s morals, or cause harm in such a way that the child could be defined as an abused or neglected child as outlined in R.S. 9:6-1, R.S. 9:6-3 and P.L. 1974, c. 119, § 1. This is considered a Second Degree Offense. Any other person who engages in the conduct described above to a child younger than 16 is guilty of a Third Degree Offense.
Endangering the Welfare of a Child can include:
- Child pornography
- Child molestation
- Child abuse
- Child neglect
- DYFS hearings
- Sexual Assault
- Statutory Rape
- Driving while intoxicated while a minor is in the vehicle
Endangering the welfare of a child is typically considered a Second Degree crime and can result in 5 to 10 years in prison. If the individual is found guilty of a Third Degree Offense for Endangering the Welfare of a Child, they may face 3 to 5 years in prison. These charges may also include Megan’s Law registration requirements.
If you are facing charges for endangering the welfare of a child, you need a skilled attorney to help argue your case. Our criminal trial team can develop a strategy for the best possible outcome in your case. The police and other officials will begin building a case against you right away. We will help protect you. We can be reached by telephone 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 888-ELLIS-LAW (888-355-4752). We speak Spanish, Russian, Yiddish, Portuguese and Hebrew.