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Endangering Children is a serious charge that requires serious representation. The accusation of Endangering Children alone can have far reaching consequences for your freedom, your job, and even the custody of your children. You will need an attorney to adequately defend against any accusations.
What is Endangering Children?
While it is obvious that causing physical harm to a child can be charged as endangering children, you can also be charged for leaving children at home alone, or in your car, even if it is just a short period of time.
Ohio defines Endangering Children in R.C. 2919.22(A) as:
“No person, who is the parent, guardian, custodian, person having custody or control, or person in loco parentis of a child under eighteen years of age or a mentally or physically handicapped child under twenty-one years of age, shall create a substantial risk to the health or safety of the child, by violating a duty of care, protection, or support. It is not a violation of a duty of care, protection, or support under this division when the parent, guardian, custodian, or person having custody or control of a child treats the physical or mental illness or defect of the child by spiritual means through prayer alone, in accordance with the tenets of a recognized religious body.”
The prosecution must show that an offender created a “substantial risk to the health or safety of the child”. In many instances, it is clear what that means. But in many cases it is not so obvious since the case will depend upon how a judge or jury defines “substantial risk”.
What can you do?
Call now at 419-242-8214 for a free consultation. If you, or someone you care about, has been charged with an offense of Endangering Children in Toledo or the surrounding area including Oregon, Maumee, Sylvania, Bowling Green, or Perrysburg, contact an experienced and knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer, Brian C. Morrissey, Attorney at Law. He will fight to obtain a favorable outcome while protecting your rights. Steps should be taken as soon as possible to address these charges. Contact Brian C. Morrissey, Attorney at Law, right away at 419-242-8214 to set up a free consultation.