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California Child Endangerment Attorney

Accused of Child Endangerment?

Child endangerment, as defined in California Penal Code Section 273a, involves a person causing great bodily harm or death to a child. It is a serious crime that can carry extensive penalties; however, the definition of child endangerment is very broad. This means that you could be charged with a crime in situations where you were well within your legal rights. At Rodriguez, Lewis & Kahn, we have addressed a large number of child endangerment cases, so we understand how to defend you.

We will work diligently to establish the facts of your case and the validity of your actions. Our goal will be to prove that your charges are unwarranted, thereby bringing about a reduction in your charges or a full exoneration. If you are being investigated for child endangerment, or have been formally charged by a criminal court, it is in your best interest to consult with a California criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.

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California Law

According to California Penal Code § 273a, it does not need to be proven that the child has suffered any actual injuries in order to charge someone with the crime of child endangerment. It is for this reason that many innocent people have wrongfully faced prosecution for this offense.

You could be charged with child endangerment if you have:

  • Caused or permitted a child to suffer physical pain or mental anguish
  • Willfully caused or permitted a child who is in their care to be injured
  • Willfully caused or permitted a child to be put in a dangerous situation.

Child endangerment is a "wobbler," which means that it could either be charged as a misdemeanor or felony. If the child was put at risk of great bodily injury or death, you may face felony charges. If there was no risk of great bodily injury or death, you will likely be charged with a misdemeanor.


Depending on the circumstances of your child endangerment case, you could either be charged with a misdemeanor or felony offense. This will depend on whether or not the child was put at risk of great bodily injury or death.

The penalties for misdemeanor child endangerment include:

  • Up to one year in county jail
  • Up to $1,000 in fines
  • Four years of informal probation.

The penalties for felony child endangerment include:

  • Up to six years in state prison
  • Up to $10,000 in fines
  • Four years of formal probation.

In some cases, the court may order you to complete a one-year child abuser's treatment program. You may also be prohibited from coming into contact with the child if a restraining order or protective order is filed against you.

California Criminal Defense Lawyer

Child endangerment does not only refer to the causing of physical harm. You can be arrested for endangerment if you are accused of permitting a child to suffer, allowing the child's health to be compromised, or inflicting any form of mental suffering. Since interpretation and subjectivity on the part of prosecutors can easily be entered into your endangerment case, it is crucial that you have the help of an experienced attorney who will work toward casting substantial doubt on the opposition's claims.

Charged with child endangerment? Contact a California criminal lawyer who will work tirelessly in an effort to establish your innocence.


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