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Child Endangerment Laws

What is child endangerment?

Child endangerment is the act of causing any harm to the child’s wellbeing, mentally and/or physically. Examples of child endangerment include the use of drugs where a child lives, handguns not locked-up and left within the reach of children, being exposed to unsafe environments can all be considered child endangerment. Ignorance of the child endangerment laws can lead to a number of legal questions like the ones answered by Family Lawyers on JustAnswer.

In Texas what can be the consequences of spanking a child with a belt and leaving a mark?

This is often considered child endangerment and can likely face probation and a fine up to $20,000 and can lead to up to two years in jail. A person endangering a child this way may even be court ordered to take an anger management course if it is the first offence.

In Iowa can an aggravated misdemeanor for child endangerment turn into a class D felony?

In the state of Iowa, depending on the circumstances, if the child was injured it can result in child endangerment charges as a class D felony.

Would you have a child endangerment case if you got hit while holding and infant?

Child endangerment can consist of any harmful situations that could put the child in danger or cause any harm to the child. Since there was a violent situation around an infant, this could be a type of child endangerment case.

After being charged with child endangerment without harm how long does it take until the charges are filed in court?

You could call the court house to find out whether they have received any information on the case. If they have yet to receive information about the case, the judge could still be looking over the case on the nature and extent of charges.

There are many acts that could constitute child endangerment without a parent or guardian actually meaning to cause harm to the child or put the child in danger. However, even unintentional acts can sometimes attract charges of child endangerment. This can be quite unsettling if you aren't well informed about child endangerment laws. One way to equip yourself with information is to ask a Family Lawyer on JustAnswer for legal insights on your specific case.

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