Child Endangerment and Automobiles
While most parents understand that causing intentional and direct harm to their children is considered to be child abuse, many do not know that inadvertent actions that may place their child in danger are also considered to be serious crimes. If a parent or guardian endangers a child’s safety through reckless or negligent actions, he or she may be held liable for child endangerment.
Children may be inadvertently placed in danger in any location, including the home, school, and in motor vehicles. Parents who do not operate their cars, trucks, or other vehicles in a responsible manner may find that they have put their dependents in unnecessary danger. If you have been wrongly charged with endangering a child, contact the Appleton criminal defense attorneys of Hart Powell, S.C. at 414-271-9595 today.
Vehicles and Child Endangerment
Commonly reported child endangerment charges in automobiles include:
- Parents or guardians who choose to operate a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs with a child in the vehicle
- Leaving a child in a vehicle unattended for a long period of time
- Leaving the keys in a vehicle with a child or minor present
- Reckless driving with a child in the car
- Aggressive behavior behind the wheel
- Excessive speed
Parents should take pains to make sure that their children are protected at all times and should consider the consequences of their actions before engaging in any behavior that may be considered dangerous or reckless.
If you have been charged with a crime, you have the right to defend yourself in a court of law. For assistance with your case, contact the Appleton criminal defense lawyers of Hart Powell, S.C. at 414-271-9595.