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Endangering the Welfare of a Child
New Brunswick Endangering the Welfare of a Child Defense Lawyer
A serious criminal offense involving children is endangering the welfare of a child. This charge should not be confused with a child cruelty or negligent under Title 9 which is an entirely different violation. If you have been charged with endangering the welfare of a child, this term can be found in the criminal complaint and/or indictment you received, along with reference to N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4 (“Endangering welfare of children”). The charge is intended to tackle a broad range of misconduct involving children and can grade out in terms of severity as a First Degree, Second Degree, Third Degree or Fourth Degree crime. Irrespective, you should not be misguided into thinking this is a minor crime. You are facing a felony that will be handled in New Brunswick at the county courthouse and which carries the possibility of 18 month in jail for a fourth degree and as much as twenty years in prison for first degree endangering the welfare of a child. If you were arrested for endangering the welfare of a child, you need to hire the best lawyer you can afford. The lawyers at our firm comprise the largest criminal defense team in Middlesex County, include several former prosecutors from in and out of the county, and possess over 100 years of combined experience representing individuals charged with violating 2C:24-4. For a free consultation with a New Brunswick NJ Endangering the Welfare of a Child Lawyer on our staff, contact our New Brunswick Office at 732-246-7126.
Charged With Endangering the Welfare of a Child in Middlesex County
As previously stated, the charge of endangering the welfare of a child is contained at N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4. The clear objective of this law is to protect a “child” from being abused or neglected by someone who possesses a duty of care to them. If someone who has assumed this duty and responsibility engages in inappropriate sexual conduct or otherwise abuses or neglects a child entrusted to them, they are subject to prosecution for endangering. The grade of offense charged is largely contingent on the nature of the conduct involved. “Sexual conduct” is a second degree crime if the victim is under sixteen (16) and a third degree if sixteen (16) or older. The sexual conduct prohibited includes intercourse, masturbation, oral sex, penetration, etc. It is also a second degree if the accused caused or permitted sexual conduct, knowing that it would be utilized for some form of child pornography, or sells, films, photographs, or distributes child pornography. If the accused created the child pornography utilizing his own child, or one for which he was a guardian or otherwise cared for, the crime is elevated to first degree. It is a fourth degree offense to view or possess child pornography. Because this offense is directed at such a broad spectrum of conduct, we have created separate practice pages for each pedigree of endangering charge. You can refer to specific content for:
- Endangering by a Parent or Guardian
- Second Degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child
- Third Degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child
- Possession & Distribution of Child Pornography
Highly Skilled Endangering the Welfare of a Child Lawyers with Offices in New Brunswick, Woodbridge, Piscataway & East Brunswick
Our defense team is prepared to fight for you so that the very best outcome of your case can be reached. Achieving this objective may come down to battling tooth and nail, savvy negotiating or a combination of tactics which we believe to be effective. We are hear to help you irrespective of the facts of your case. To speak to one of our lawyers immediately, you can contact our Woodbridge Office, East Brunswick Office or Piscataway Office. All initial consultation are without obligation so there is no reason to hesitate in contacting us. An attorney is available now to assist you in securing bail or to go of the facts and circumstances of your case.