It’s not uncommon. New York charges Endangering the Welfare of a Child when an adult acts in such a way that is likely to cause either physical or mental injury to the child, or who acts in a way that could injure the moral welfare of a child.
Domestic violence charges commonly carry a child endangerment add-on, and prosecutors are not required to prove that an injury occurred, only that events had a strong potential to cause them.
Charged on its own, Endangering the Welfare of a Child carries a maximum sentence of one year in jail, plus fines and fees.
In addition, you may lose custody of your child if a state investigation determines that the home is unsafe.
These are extremely sensitive matters that are best faced with good legal help.
Call Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino today at 718-523-1111 for a free consultation with a Queens criminal defense attorney.