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Experienced Defense When Facing Child Abuse Or Endangerment Allegations In Kentucky

The courts in Kentucky take issues of child abuse, neglect and endangerment very seriously. Some cases can result in severe criminal penalties. Even when not convicted of a criminal act, accusations of abuse or neglect can impact your rights as a parent – while dividing custody and parenting time, for instance, during a divorce.

It’s important to address these accusations head-on, and you can do so by calling us at Straw-Boone Doheny Banks & Mudd, PLLC. Our experience gives us an intricate understanding of the law, the precedents that have been set and the unique details that apply to each case. When you face these charges in Louisville or the surrounding area, call us immediately.

What Are The Types Of Child Neglect?

Child abuse is when someone takes direct action to harm a child. Neglect, on the other hand, is when someone creates a dangerous situation or fails to act in a reasonable way that would have kept the child safe. They may not have intended to cause harm, but children need care and assistance, so neglect can cause severe harm on its own.

When it comes to child endangerment, which can be a class A misdemeanor or a felony, Kentucky law defines it as a person who “fails or refuses to exercise reasonable diligence in the control of such child to prevent him from becoming a neglected, dependent or delinquent child.”

In other words, the person was not reasonable and put the child in a dangerous position that was outside of the child’s control. Examples include leaving a young child in a hot car or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol with a minor in the car. As a misdemeanor, it could lead to a year behind bars. If the charge is a felony, it could be five years to life.

Your Defense Options

These types of accusations can be life-altering, so you must know what defense options you have. Use the online contact portal or call us today at 502-791-9419 to set up a consultation.