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Columbus Child Endangerment Charge Attorneys

Child endangerment charges are a form of domestic violence and assault that can range from a first-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 180 days in jail to a second-degree felony, punishable up to eight years prison. If you’ve been charged with child endangerment, you should reach out to our Columbus child endangerment charge attorneys at as soon as possible.

What is a Child Endangerment Charge?

To be charged with child endangerment, you must have done at least one of the following to either someone under 18 or someone with mental or physical disabilities under the age of 29:

  • Created a substantial risk to their health or safety
  • Abused them
  • Tortured or cruelly abused them
  • Used excessive physical punishment that created a risk of serious physical harm, such as tying down a child in a cruel manner or for a prolonged period
  • Repeatedly punished a child arbitrarily when there is a risk that these punishments will delay the child’s mental health or development
  • Knowingly volunteered them to be in child pornography
  • Let them live on a piece of property where drugs are manufactured
  • Drove under the influence of alcohol or drugs with them in the vehicle

How a Child Endangerment Conviction Can Affect Your Future

If you are facing child endangerment charges and eventually get convicted, additional potential issues include:

  • Maintaining your current employment
  • Licensure issues in some professions
  • Difficulty getting a good job in the future
  • Difficulty and possible denial in immigration and naturalization proceedings

Simply put, if you are convicted of child endangerment, it could remain on your criminal background for the rest of your life. No matter what the circumstances were in your case, you run the risk of being considered someone who endangered a child. Therefore, it is critical that you give your child endangerment charge the level of importance it deserves by contacting a highly skilled child endangerment attorney.

Why Seek Legal Representation for Your Child Endangerment Charge

Our Columbus Criminal Defense team takes an aggressive approach to defending clients with child endangerment charges and other crimes against children. We will figure out what mistakes the detectives’ case and what other legal issues can be raised on your behalf.

We do this by requesting discovery from the prosecutor and interviewing witnesses. The discovery will generally consist of police reports, additional investigative notes, pictures, and recorded interviews. As our client, you will receive a copy of everything received from the prosecutor for your review.

Based on the legal weaknesses in the State of Ohio’s case and any other mitigating factors, we will negotiate the best possible plea available with the prosecutor for you to consider in resolving your case. If your child endangerment charges cannot be resolved satisfactorily with a plea, it would then proceed to a motion hearing (a hearing where the judge issues a ruling on an evidentiary issue) or a trial to the judge or jury, depending on the circumstances.

Common Defense Strategies to Child Endangerment Case

There are a number of different defenses that we may use to defend your child endangerment charges and improve the outcome of your case. Our child endangerment attorneys may attack the proof of imminent danger since the definition of this term is typically speculative.

While others may have an issue with leaving their child home alone, you may have done so because you do not believe it will endanger your child. We may also challenge the proof of the relationship between you and the child. This may make sense if you were previously their caregiver but no longer assume that role. Lastly, we may prove that you were falsely accused of the crime because the child or another person made up the story.

Contact Luftman, Heck & Associates Today

For nearly ten years, our Columbus Criminal Defense team has successfully represented clients on child endangerment charges. That extensive previous experience will enable us to better help you. If you’ve been charged with child endangerment, it’s important to know what you’re up against.

If you have any questions or if you need a competent, experienced child endangerment attorney to fight for you in court, please contact us at .

Created a substantial risk to their health or safety

This is a misdemeanor of the first degree and carries the following penalties:
  • A jail sentence of up to 180 days
    • In its place, your judge may sentence you to probation or other community control punishments
    • You may be required to perform up to 200 hours of community service after your jail term
  • At most, a fine of $1,000
This is a felony of the fourth degree and carries the following penalties:
  • A prison term of six to 18 months
    • In its place, your judge may sentence you to probation or other community control punishments
    • You may be required to perform up to 200 hours of community service after your jail term
  • At most, a fine of $5,000
This is a felony of the third degree and carries the following penalties:
  • A prison term of nine months to three years
    • You may be required to perform up to 200 hours of community service after your jail term
  • A fine of $5,000 to $10,000

Abused the child

This is a misdemeanor of the first degree and carries the following penalties:
  • A jail sentence of up to 180 days
    • In its place, your judge may sentence you to probation or other community control punishments
    • You may be required to perform up to 200 hours of community service after your jail term
  • At most, a fine of $1,000
This is a felony of the fourth degree and carries the following penalties:
  • A prison term of six to 18 months
    • In its place, your judge may sentence you to probation or other community control punishments
    • You may be required to perform up to 200 hours of community service after your jail term
  • At most, a fine of $5,000
This is a felony of the fourth degree and carries the following penalties:
  • A mandatory prison term of 18 months
    • You may be required to perform up to 200 hours of community service after your prison term
  • At most, a fine of $5,000
  • Restitution to the victim for their housing, counseling and medical and legal assistance along with whichever of the following is more:
    • The gross income or value to the offender of the victim’s labor or services
    • The value of the victim’s labor if they were paid minimum wage
This is a felony of the second degree and carries the following penalties:
  • A prison term of two to eight years
    • You may be required to perform up to 200 hours of community service after your jail term
  • A fine of $7,500 to $15,000
This is a felony of the second degree and carries the following penalties:
  • A mandatory prison term of three to eight years
    • You may be required to perform up to 200 hours of community service after your prison term
  • A fine of $7,500 to $15,000
  • Restitution to the victim for their housing, counseling and medical and legal assistance along with whichever of the following is more:
    • The gross income or value to the offender of the victim’s labor or services
    • The value of the victim’s labor if they were paid minimum wage

Knowingly volunteered them to be in child pornography

This is a felony of the second degree and carries the following penalties:
  • A prison term of two to eight years
    • You may be required to perform up to 200 hours of community service after your jail term
  • A fine of $7,500 to $15,000
This is a felony of the second degree and carries the following penalties:
  • A mandatory prison term of three to eight years
    • You may be required to perform up to 200 hours of community service after your prison term
  • A fine of $7,500 to $15,000
  • Restitution to the victim for their housing, counseling and medical and legal assistance along with whichever of the following is more:
    • The gross income or value to the offender of the victim’s labor or services
    • The value of the victim’s labor if they were paid minimum wage

Let them live on a piece of property where drugs are manufactured

This is a felony of the third degree and carries with it the following penalties:
  • A prison term of nine months to three years
    • You may be required to perform up to 200 hours of community service after your jail term
    • If the drug being manufactured was methamphetamine, you will face a prison term of two to three years
      • If you had a previous conviction for this, manufacturing drugs or assembly or possession of chemicals for drugs, the prison term will be five years
  • A fine of $5,000 to $10,000
This is a felony of the third degree and carries the following penalties:
  • A mandatory prison term of three years
    • You may be required to perform up to 200 hours of community service after your jail term
    • If you had a previous conviction for this, manufacturing drugs or assembly or possession of chemicals for drugs, the prison term will be five years
  • A fine of $5,000 to $10,000
  • Restitution to the victim for their housing, counseling and medical and legal assistance along with whichever of the following is more:
    • The gross income or value to the offender of the victim’s labor or services
    • The value of the victim’s labor if they were paid minimum wage
This is a felony of the second degree and carries the following penalties:
  • A prison term of two to eight years
    • You may be required to perform up to 200 hours of community service after your jail term
    • If the drug being manufactured was methamphetamine, you will face a prison term of three to eight years
      • If you had a previous conviction for this, manufacturing drugs or assembly or possession of chemicals for drugs, the prison term will be five to eight years
  • A fine of $7,500 to $15,000
This is a felony of the second degree and carries the following penalties:
  • A mandatory prison term of three to eight years
    • You may be required to perform up to 200 hours of community service after your prison term
    • If the drug being manufactured was methamphetamine, you will face a prison term of three to eight years
      • If you had a previous conviction for this, manufacturing drugs or assembly or possession of chemicals for drugs, the prison term will be five to eight years
  • A fine of $7,500 to $15,000
  • Restitution to the victim for their housing, counseling and medical and legal assistance along with whichever of the following is more:
    • The gross income or value to the offender of the victim’s labor or services
    • The value of the victim’s labor if they were paid minimum wage

Drove under the influence of alcohol or drugs with them in the vehicle

This is a misdemeanor of the first degree and carries the following penalties:
  • A jail sentence of up to 180 days
    • In its place, your judge may sentence you to probation or other community control punishments
    • You may be required to perform up to 200 hours of community service after your jail term
  • At most, a fine of $1,000
  • Possible suspension of your driver’s license for up to one year
This is a felony of the fifth degree and carries the following penalties:
  • A prison term of six months to one year
    • In its place, your judge may sentence you to probation or other community control punishments
    • You may be required to perform up to 200 hours of community service after your jail term
  • At most, a fine of $2,500
  • Possible additional suspension of your driver’s license for up to one year
This is a felony of the fourth degree and carries the following penalties:
  • A prison term of six to 18 months
    • In its place, your judge may sentence you to probation or other community control punishments
    • You may be required to perform up to 200 hours of community service after your jail term
  • At most, a fine of $5,000
  • Possible additional suspension of your driver’s license for up to one year

Everything else

If your charges weren’t covered above, it’s a felony of the third degree and carries with it the following penalties:
  • A prison term of nine months to three years
    • You may be required to perform up to 200 hours of community service after your jail term
  • A fine of $5,000 to $10,000
This is a felony of the third degree and carries the following penalties:
  • A mandatory prison term of three years
    • You may be required to perform up to 200 hours of community service after your jail term
  • A fine of $5,000 to $10,000
  • Restitution to the victim for their housing, counseling and medical and legal assistance along with whichever of the following is more:
    • The gross income or value to the offender of the victim’s labor or services
    • The value of the victim’s labor if they were paid minimum wage
This is a felony of the second degree and carries the following penalties:
  • A prison term of two to eight years
    • You may be required to perform up to 200 hours of community service after your jail term
  • A fine of $7,500 to $15,000
This is a felony of the second degree and carries the following penalties:
  • A mandatory prison term of three to eight years
    • You may be required to perform up to 200 hours of community service after your prison term
  • A fine of $7,500 to $15,000
  • Restitution to the victim for their housing, counseling and medical and legal assistance along with whichever of the following is more:
    • The gross income or value to the offender of the victim’s labor or services
    • The value of the victim’s labor if they were paid minimum wage
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