Child endangerment is a serious offense in Texas and can result in life-long consequences. To learn more, continue reading and reach out to our dedicated and experienced Houston criminal defense attorneys to discuss the details of your case and your options. Our legal team is on your side no matter what. Give us a call today.
What is child endangerment in Texas?
Texas law finds that child endangerment occurs when an individual either intentionally, knowingly, recklessly, or with criminal intent, partakes in conduct that would endanger a child under the age of 15 years old. Some instances of imminent danger include bodily harm, death, or physical/mental impairment. There are a number of forms of child endangerment, however, some examples are manufacturing controlled substances in front of a child, possessing or using a penalty group 1 drug in front of a child, or driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol with a child in the car. Additionally, engaging in sexual activity in front of a child and having a child under the age of 15 in the presence of an unsecured firearm also qualify as acts of child endangerment.
What are the consequences of child endangerment in Texas?
If you have been charged with child endangerment, it is likely that you will face a number of severe life-altering consequences. For instance, if you are charged with abandoning your child with intent to return, you will most likely receive a state jail felony, punishable by a potential $10,000 fine and up to two years in jail. If you are charged with abandoning your child with no intent to return, you pay to face a potential $10,000 fine and up to 10 years in prison. Those charged with placing their child in a situation that may put them in imminent danger will most likely face a potential $10,000 fine and up to 20 years in prison.
As you can see, child endangerment is a serious offense in Texas. That is why if you have been charged with this conviction, you will need to retain the services of one of our skilled Houston criminal defense attorneys today. Our legal team is on your side and will help you combat these charges so that you can get your life back. Reach out to our firm today to get started.
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