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Endangering the Welfare of a Child Attorney
The crime of endangering the welfare of a child is a complex one in the State of New Jersey and is codified under N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4. While the statute has been around in New Jersey for many years, it was amended in August of 2013.
What is Endangering the Welfare of Children?
Under New Jersey law, 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 a child is guilty of a second degree crime. Any other person who engages in such behavior is guilty of a third degree crime.
In addition, any person having a legal duty for the care of a child or who has assumed responsibility for the care of a child 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 such conduct or who causes such harm to a child is guilty of a third degree crime.
For purposes of this law, a child is anyone under the age of 18.
Experienced Bergen County Attorney
Sexual offenses in New Jersey are extremely serious and the law is often complex. The above is merely a brief and simplified overview of the crime of endangering the welfare of children. This outline should not be used as a guideline for endangering the welfare of children under New Jersey law nor should it be considered an exhaustive analysis of endangering the welfare of children under New Jersey law. If you have been charged with a sex crime in New Jersey or you are being investigated for a sex crime and you need a strong criminal defense, Brickfield & Donahue can help.
Call us at (201) 574-7919, or contact our River Edge law firm online to schedule a consultation.
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