Burlington County NJ Endangering the Welfare of a Child Lawyer
Under New Jersey law, endangering the welfare of a child charges have broad application, encompassing offenses involving physical and sexual abuse, neglect, and a variety of actions that may place a child in harm’s way. Unbeknownest to many, endangering charges also apply in cases of child pornography. In fact, you may face endangering charges for possessing, disseminating, filming, photographing, or allowing a child to engage in child pornography. However, endangering the welfare of a child cases do not always involve sex crimes. They may also arise from alleged child abuse or dangerous behavior such as driving while intoxicated with a child in the car. Depending on the circumstances of your specific case, a conviction for endangering the welfare of a child in New Jersey may result in a prison sentence ranging from 18 months to 20 years. Collateral consequences may also include registration as a sex offender under New Jersey’s Megan’s Law and/or losing custody of your children.
Attorney Leonard Biddison has over 20 years of experience defending individuals charged with criminal offenses in Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His extensive knowledge and skillful representation has led to countless successes in courts in Mt. Laurel, Willingboro, Mt. Holly, and throughout Burlington County, New Jersey, where he continues to fight on behalf of clients every day. Mr. Biddison recently received the 10 Best Client Satisfaction Award from the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys, and his consistently outstanding client reviews reflect his diligence and dedication to those he represents. For example, one client said this of their experience with him: “The BEST decision I made was hiring Leonard Biddison. He fought for me until we reached success in my case. He never gave up!” To speak with Mr. Biddison about your case today, contact his offices at 856-245-5240 for a free consultation. You can also read more of his client reviews by accessing his individual profile on Avvo.com
Endangering the Welfare of a Child Lawyer in Mt. Laurel NJ
Charges for Endangering the Welfare of a Child are outlined in section N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4 of the New Jersey Criminal Code. The statute delineates among a variety of actions which may constitute endangering under the law. The classifications are as follows:
Sexual Conduct, Abuse, or Neglect
Any person having a legal duty for the care of a child or who has assumed responsibility for the care of a child who engages in sexual conduct which would impair or debauch the morals of the child, or who causes the child harm that would make the child an abused or neglected child, is guilty of a second degree crime. Any other person who engages in conduct or who causes harm to a child under the age of 16 is guilty of a third degree crime. Notably, you can be charged with a more serious degree of child endangerment if you are responsible for caring for the child or acting in a supervisory capacity. Second degree crimes are punishable by a New Jersey State Prison term ranging from 5 to 10 years, while third degree crimes entail a 3 to 5-year term of incarceration.
Allowing a Child to Engage in Pornography
A person commits a second degree crime if he or she causes or permits a child to engage in a prohibited sexual act or in the simulation of such an act if the person knows, has reason to know or intends that the prohibited act may be photographed, filmed, reproduced, or reconstructed in any manner, including on the Internet, or may be part of an exhibition or performance. If the person is a parent, guardian or other person legally charged with the care or custody of the child, the personal is guilty of a first degree crime. Note that these charges are more severe if you are the parent or legal guardian of the child. First degree charges are punishable by a New Jersey State Prison term ranging from 10 to 20 years, while second degree crimes entail a 5 to 10-year prison term.
Photographing or Filming Child Pornography
A person who photographs or films a child in a prohibited sexual act or in the simulation of such an act or who uses any device, including a computer, to reproduce or reconstruct the image of a child in a prohibited sexual act or in the simulation of such an act is guilty of a second degree crime. Second degree crimes are punishable by a New Jersey State Prison term ranging from 5 to 10 years.
Disseminating Child Pornography
A person who knowingly receives for the purpose of selling or who knowingly sells, procures, manufactures, gives, provides, lends, trades, mails, delivers, transfers, publishes, distributes, circulates, disseminates, presents, exhibits, advertises, offers or agrees to offer, through any means, including the Internet, any photograph, film, videotape, computer program or file, video game or any other reproduction or reconstruction which depicts a child engaging in a prohibited sexual act or in the simulation of such an act, is guilty of a second degree crime. Note that you do not need to profit from the sharing of child pornography in order to be charged with this offense, which may result in a term of incarceration of 5 to 10 years.
Possessing Child Pornography
A person who knowingly possesses or knowingly views any photograph, film, videotape, computer program or file, video game or any other reproduction or reconstruction which depicts a child engaging in a prohibited sexual act or in the simulation of such an act, including on the Internet, is guilty of a fourth degree crime. If you are convicted of a fourth degree crime, you may be sentenced to serve up to 18 months in New Jersey State Prison.
As mentioned above, endangering the welfare of a child charges may also result in mandatory sex offender registration under New Jersey’s Megan’s Law. A conviction for these charges can also spell negative implications for your child custody arrangement.
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If you or someone you love is involved in a child endangerment case in Burlington County or elsewhere in South Jersey, protect your rights, your reputation, and your innocence. Contact the Law Offices of Leonard Biddison at 856-245-5240 for additional information and a cost-free consultation.