Imagine you and your spouse are having a heated argument in front of your eight-year old child, and you let fly a curse word or two. Probably nothing the child has not heard on television or at school, right? Or consider, after a long day at work, your five-year old has ignored your repeated demands that he stop banging pans together. Exasperated, you give him a few whacks with a strap, something your father had done to you more than once. Wouldn’t such behavior be considered normal among many parents?
Maybe. Maybe not. But it could well be considered criminal behavior. You could be charged with endangering the welfare of a child, a grim offense that is taken seriously in New York. By using inappropriate language, you could be helping to move the child toward becoming a “juvenile delinquent.” By striking the child, you risk having him seen as an “abused child.” Both of these are terms that fall under the New York laws governing the endangerment of a child
As normal and acceptable as such conduct may seem, it could also land you with a charge of endangering the welfare of a child, an accusation not taken lightly by the government or by the public. If you or a loved one are charged with endangering a child’s welfare, you should Call the Law Office of James Medows at 917-856-1247. You need experienced representation to help you avoid unwarranted charges and to assist you in any situation that portends serious penalties. Call James at 917-856-1247 for a free consultation to help assess your options.
Putting any child or young teenager in harm’s way means that you may somehow injure that child’s physical, mental, or moral welfare. If you leave your six-year old daughter alone in the house for five minutes while you run to the next-door neighbor to borrow that proverbial cup of sugar, you can be accused of neglect. Should the child fall and injure herself in those brief moments, the charge would be far worse. Or a teacher at school tousles the hair of a youngster in a gesture of friendship and then is accused of molestation.
What constitutes endangerment of children—whether it is perceived neglect, spanking, fighting in front of them, or some other action—is murky territory, subject to interpretation, so it is imperative that you seek legal counsel well versed in the intricacies of endangerment law. The Law Office of James Medows is well versed in this area and well qualified to provide the most dedicated and knowledgeable counsel. We understand the confusion and terror that a charge of compromising a child’s safety in any way can incur, especially if that perceived menace threatens to have the child temporarily or permanently removed from your custody.
If you or a loved one face any accusation of endangering the welfare of a child, do not hesitate. Call James at 917-856-1247 or at firstname.lastname@example.org, and know that he will provide the guidance, the counseling, and above all the paramount legal knowledge and proficiency to work with you for the most promising and positive outcome.