Endangering the Welfare of a Child – Child Abuse Lawyer in South Jersey
New Jersey DCP&P Attorney Represents Clients Accused of Child Endangerment in Camden, Gloucester, Burlington, Atlantic, Salem, Mercer, and Cape May County, NJ
Facing a criminal charge for endangering the welfare of a child can be extremely stressful, especially for those facing said charges regarding their own children, which tends to involve the Department of Child Protection and Permanency. Child abuse and neglect can result in serious penalties upon a guilty verdict, but the consequences of such a conviction for a client who is the parent or guardian of the victimized child tend to be even more severe. This can include loss of custody, limited interaction, etc. Jill Cohen can help you with all litigation matters you must face with child abuse charges. Contact her today to set up a meeting with Jill Cohen who is experienced in representing child abuse defendants.
Types of Acts Against Children that Are Considered to be Child Abuse in Mercer County, New Jersey
Child Abuse is defined by statute as, “the physical, sexual or emotional harm or risk of harm to a child under the age of 18 caused by a parent or other person who acts as a caregiver for the child.”
Examples of different types of child abuse the DCP&P find worthy of investigating include:
- Physical – Unnecessary physical restraint, excessive corporal punishment, physical injury, etc.
- Sexual – Molestation, child pornography, rape, etc.
- Emotional – Verbal abuse (screaming, threatening, insulting), severe criticism, ignoring, terrorizing, isolating, corrupting, exploiting, etc.
Section 9:6-1 of the New Jersey Code defines child abandonment as constituting as:
- Willfully forsaking a child.
- Failing to care for and keep the control/custody of a child so that the child shall be exposed to physical, mental, sexual, moral, or imminent risk without reasonable and property protection.
- Failing to care for and keep the control/custody of a child so that the child must to be cared for and maintained at the expense of the public or non-parental individuals.
Section 9:6-1 of the New Jersey Code defines cruelty to a child as:
- Inflicting unnecessarily severe corporal punishment upon a child.
- Inflicting unneeded suffering or pain, which can be mental or physical.
- Continually tormenting, aggravating, stressing, or afflicting a child.
- Any willful act of omission or commission in which unnecessary pain and suffering, whether mental or physical, is caused or permitted to be inflicted on a child.
- Exposing a child to unneeded hardship, fatigue, or mental or physical distress that could injure the health or physical or moral well-being of the child.
Crimes Against Children that Are Defined as Child Neglect in Burlington County, Camden County, Gloucester County and all other counties in New Jersey
Child Neglect is defined as, “when a parent or caregiver fails to provide proper supervision for a child or adequate food, clothing, shelter, education or medical care although financially able or assisted to do so.”
Examples of different types of child neglect the DCP&P find worthy of investigating include:
- Provisional – Includes providing necessary shelter, food and drink, clothing, medical care, surgery if necessary, etc.
- Supervisional – Guardians must properly supervise their children especially at younger ages to avoid accidents. They must also be mentally capable of doing so and not abusing alcohol, drugs, or controlled substances. Abandonment also falls under supervisional child neglect.
- Endangerment – Purposefully leaving a child in a situation where they can be harmed or are in imminent danger, leaving them at institutions or under the care of others who are clearly harming the child or have abusive intent, leaving dangerous drugs, chemicals, sharp objects, weapons, etc within reach of children.
Penalties and Criminal Charges Associated with Child Abuse and Neglect in New Jersey
Criminal charges and penalties involving with child abuse and neglect depend highly on the severity of the crime, if sexual abuse was involved, the child’s age, the criminal history of the parent(s) or guardian(s) in question (especially if already charged with child or sexual abuse in the past), involvement of illegal substances, and the severity and/or existence of any mental or physical injuries inflicted on the child.
For the most severe cases, one can be sentenced with a felony charge and imprisoned for life (usually in situation of sexual abuse and severe physical abuse). For the lightest of cases, one can simply be charged with a misdemeanor, facing minimal jail time.
Other possible penalties or negative outcomes for child abuse and neglect include:
- Lifetime requirement to register as a child sexual offender
- Removal of parental rights
- A destroyed reputation and a criminal record
- Supervised future access to the child
- Physical or actual loss and enjoyment of a child
- Continual involvement with a child protective services agency
Seek a Quality Criminal Defense Attorney in New Jersey for Skilled Legal Support and Advisement for Your Child Endangerment Charges and Court Proceedings
In many instances, there are watchdog groups and dedicated social service agencies in many New Jersey communities that go out of their way to report any child endangerment they see or hear about. They put the protect of children as their number one priority. Although this is an honorable endeavor, it can result in wrongful charges on innocent parents and the potential loss of custody of their children. Jill Cohen understands the fear and stress that come with such situations involving the DCP&P and can help fight for these allegations for you in court.
Whether you are a parent or guardian of a child or an outside individual facing child endangerment charges, guilty verdict involving child abuse and neglect does not look good and has serious consequence and penalties involved with it. New Jersey criminal defense lawyer Jill Cohen can help you handle this stress and dedicate her time expertly supporting you in court as your legal advisor. Don’t wait and try to go through this legal battle alone. Contact us today for a free initial consultation regarding your child endangerment charges and get the legal support you need. Jill Cohen has been serving criminal defendants throughout South Jersey in Camden, Cherry Hill, Gloucester Township, Winslow, Pennsauken, Voorhees, Lindenwold, Haddon Township, Collingswood and Haddonfield.