Crimes against children are frowned upon by society, and in the state of Texas, are aggressively prosecuted in court. If you are facing child abuse or injury to a child charges then you will need an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side to protect your future and your reputation. It’s important to understand that the child themself doesn’t have to suffer any severe injury. You can be found guilty of child endangerment if you willfully cause or permit a child to be placed in a situation where the child is endangered.
What are the punishments associated with injury to child charges in Texas?
According to Texas law, the offense of injury to a child is a felony that can be classified as a first degree, second degree, third degree, or even a state felony. The degree of punishment depends on the circumstances of the offense itself. For example, intentionally or knowingly causing serious bodily injury or even death to someone under 15 is considered a first-degree felony that could lead to life in prison. Any instance that causes serious bodily injury through criminal negligence is a state felony, which is punishable by up to two years in jail.
Anyone who intentionally leaves a young child at home unattended could be convicted of child endangerment even if they don’t suffer an injury. If you or a family member has been charged or is being investigated of an injury to a child charge, it’s time to talk to a criminal defense attorney who is an expert in these types of cases in Texas.
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Derek W. Emmons is experienced in cases similar to you. You have the right to be considered innocent until you are proven guilty. You also have the right to due process. To discuss possible defenses for your case with an injury to a child charge attorney, call to speak to him at 210-226-2800.