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Endangering the Welfare of a Child

Morristown NJ Endangering the Welfare of a Child Lawyer

The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall represents clients charged with promoting prostutition, sexual assault, and criminal sexual contact throughout New Jersey including in Hackensack, Jersey City, Freehold, and New Brunswick. Contact our experienced criminal defense lawyers for a free initial consultation at (877)450-8301.

Endangering the Welfare of a Child in New Jersey: N.J.S. 2C:24-4 

A charge of child abuse or neglect in New Jersey is a serious offense: Protect your rights. Our criminal defense attorneys understand the serious nature of these charges and are ready and able to assist you throughout the criminal justice process. Our criminal trial team will examine your case from every angle and develop a comprehensive trial strategy. Endangering the welfare of a child can also include Megan's Law registration requirements depending on the alleged circumstances of the crime. A charge for Endangering the Welfare of a Child in New Jersey is governed by N.J.S. 2C:24-4 which provides in pertinent part:

§ 2C:24-4. Endangering welfare of children

a. 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 as defined in R.S. 9:6-1, R.S. 9:6-3 and P.L. 1974, c. 119, § 1 is guilty of a crime of the second degree. Any other person who engages in conduct or who causes harm as described in this subsection to a child under the age of 16 is guilty of a crime of the third degree.

A second degree crime in New Jersey contains a presumption of imprisonment and a range of incarceration of five (5) to ten (10) years. A third degree offense, on the other hand, does not contain a presumption of imprisonment (which means a probationary sentence is possible) and includes a range of three (3) to five (5) years in prison.

Endangering the Welfare of a Child can include any of the following:

  • Statutory Rape (with a minor under 16 years of age) 
  • Sexual Assault
  • DYFS hearings
  • Driving while Intoxicated (DWI) with a minor in the vehicle
  • Child abuse
  • Child neglect
  • Child molestation
  • Child pornography

If you or a loved one has been charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child anywhere in the State of New Jersey, the experienced criminal defense lawyers at the Law Offices of John F. Marshall can help. Our criminal defense trial team is available immediately to examine the facts of your case and provide a thorough evaluation of potential outcomes. Contact our office for a free initial consultation at (877)450-8301.

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The criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of John F. Marshall represent New Jersey adult and juvenile clients from offices in Shrewsbury, Cranford, Toms River, Jersey City and New Brunswick. We provide prompt and convenient client service to people in such communities as Newark, Plainfield, Freehold, Eatontown, East Brunswick, Edison, Woodbridge, Westfield, Clark, Rahway, Piscataway, Sayreville, Elizabeth, Middletown, Asbury Park, Long Branch, Jackson, Lakewood, Point Pleasant, Edison, Old Bridge, Aberdeen, Linden, Belmar, Eatontown, Hazlet, Holmdel, Ocean, Sea Bright, Hoboken, Weehawken, Seaside Park, Seaside Heights, Tinton Falls, Wall, Brick, Dover, Jackson, and other locations in Monmouth County, Middlesex County, Union County, Ocean County, Burlington County, Mercer County, Essex County, Hudson County and Morris County.

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