Child neglect in South Florida is a serious issue. Finding out that you are facing child neglect or child endangerment charges can be frightening and devastating and can make you feel like you have failed as a parent. No parent ever wants to hear that they are going to be investigated by authorities for possible neglect or endangerment, but sometimes people are accused of things they would never do, and they are then forced to defend themselves.
Under Florida law, child neglect or child endangerment happens when a caregiver willfully or due to negligence, fails to take reasonable steps to protect the health and welfare of a child. Due to the vulnerable nature of children and the need to protect them absolutely, charges of child neglect and child endangerment are prosecuted with full vigor in the state of Florida.
Possible Consequences Of Child Endangerment And Neglect
In Florida, all crimes surrounding the neglect or endangerment of a child are classified as felonies. In cases where the neglect, endangerment, or abuse does not result in what is termed as “great bodily harm”, meaning in cases where the child is not permanently disabled or disfigured, the charge is a third degree felony that carries penalties of 5 years in prison, or a possible 5 years of probation, and a $5,000 fine.
There are cases, where the child suffers great bodily harm and as a result of the neglect, abuse, or endangerment, is then permanently disabled or disfigured. In cases like these, the charge is raised to a second degree felony and carries penalties of 15 years in prison, or 15 years probation and $10,000 in fines.
Those convicted of any degree of child neglect or child endangerment may significantly impact, or result in complete revocation of parental rights for all children. Not only can you lose the child involved in the charges, but you can lose your rights to any and all children you have. They can be taken away and put into foster care homes until they are able to be placed permanently.
Why Choose LJ Law Group?
If you or someone you know or love has recently been charged with child neglect or child endangerment of any degree, it is crucial for them to reach out to a qualified and experienced child endangerment firm in South Florida. Not only is the process of criminal defense complex and nuanced, but having your own lawyer instead of a public defender gives you an edge in the courtroom. A public defender will be distracted by other cases and client obligations, whereas working with LJ Law Group will make sure your defense case gets the attention that it needs.
When charges of child neglect or child endangerment are on the line, you owe it to yourself, and to your children to find the best legal help you can. That means reaching out to LJ Law Group today to discuss your case.