Child Endangerment

Child endangerment, otherwise known commonly as child abuse, is criminalized by California Penal Code section 273(a). These cases are prosecuted vigorously by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office and, although they can be filed as misdemeanors, prosecutors often file these cases as felonies. A felony child endangerment conviction can land you in the California State Prison for up to six (6) years. Other penalties include lengthy felony (formal) probation, a fine of up to $10,000 and a possible “Strike” on your criminal record. Given these possible consequences, you will want the best legal defense available.

With over 30 years of criminal defense experience and powerful credentials (former Los Angeles prosecutor, Super Lawyer, positive client testimonials, Board Certified Criminal Specialist), Robert Ernenwein can provide you with vigorous, aggressive, knowledgeable and zealous criminal defense that is virtually unmatched.

You can be convicted of child endangerment if you willfully inflicted unjustifiable physical pain or mental suffering on a child or allowed another person to do so, allow the child (or his or her health) to suffer injury or if your allowed or caused the child to be in a situation where his or her health or body may be in danger. However, criminal negligence can also result in prosecution for this crime.

Parenting can be a difficult task that requires patience and fortitude. Oftentimes, a parent’s behavior can be construed as abusive when in fact it was not. Based on the facts of your case, we may be able to show the prosecutor or a jury that you did not willfully act to inflict harm on the child. We may also be able to convince the prosecutor or a jury that you acted reasonably in disciplining your children, which is a recognized legal right in California.

Robert Ernenwein (a Torrance criminal defense lawyer and Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer) will advance a vigorous defense of your case. Call us at 310-375-5858. We will be glad to answer any questions you may have.

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Robert Ernenwein, an expert and experienced Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer, has over 30 years of experience defending persons accused of Child Endangerment. Mr. Ernenwein is a former Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys and is Certified as a Criminal Law Specialist by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. He has been named as a “Super Lawyer” by Los Angeles Magazine and has appeared as a legal analyst on multiple cable news programs, including Fox News.

The experience and capabilities Robert Ernenwein will bring to your Child Endangerment Defense are unmatched.