Child Endangerment Lawyer in Fort Bend

Fort Bend County Criminal Defense Attorney

Have you recently been charged with child endangerment in Texas? If so, you should contact The Sims Law Firm as soon as possible. Our Fort Bend County criminal defense attorney has an extensive background helping people in situations like yours.

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Texas Law – Child Endangerment

Under Texas law, any parent or guardian who exposes a child under the age of 15 to an act that could risk them imminent death, bodily harm, or physical or mental impairment has committed an act of child endangerment. Depending on your circumstance, the law could find the act intentional or reckless or criminally negligent.

What constitutes child endangerment?

  • Leaving a child in an unattended car
  • Driving while under the influence with a child
  • Serving alcohol to an underage driver
  • Hiring a child care provider with a known history of sexual offenses
  • Leaving handguns within the reach of children
  • Failure to report suspected child abuse
  • Neglectful supervision

Was the Act Intentional?

In order for the Texas courts to convict an individual of child endanger, they are required to prove the caregiver intentionally meant to expose the child to danger. The courts use the example of what a reasonable person could find dangerous as a baseline for their analysis of the situation.

Controlled Substances and Child Endangerment

The Texas Penal Code states that anyindividual that is participating in acts put a child in danger of injury, mental or physical impairment, or death if:

  • They manufacture, possess or introduce into any individual methamphetamines while a child is present.
  • If a guardian’s conduct is related to the proximity or accessibility of methamphetamines and the child is drug tested positive for the drugs.
  • The guardian ingested a controlled substance while in the care of the child.

Penalties

Punishment: Depending on the circumstances, child endangerment could be punished as a state jail, third degree or second degree felony offense.

Parental Rights – If the courts convict a parent of committing child endangerment, the Texas courts could strip them of their parental rights. If this happens one parent will retain parental rights for the child, if there is no other parent available, then the courts will appoint a new guardian for the child. Until a new guardian can be found.

Fines – Felony child endangerment charges carry fines of up to $10,000.00

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