DWI & Child Endangerment
What is child endangerment?
When a person exposes any child under the age of fifteen to a situation that may cause them death or serious physical harm, they are liable to be charged with child endangerment. Along with the abovementioned cases, child endangerment can also include acts such as abandoning a child, leaving them unattended inside a vehicle on a hot day, or driving without having them wear a seatbelt. When a person is pulled over and arrested for DWI and there was a child in the car, they will most likely be charged with endangering a child, as well. In Texas, child endangerment is a felony and will be punished accordingly.
Penalties for Child Endangerment Involving Drugs
A felony can fall under five different classifications: state jail, third-degree, second-degree, first-degree, and capital. The circumstances of the offender's charges will determine their final sentence, so contact a criminal defense attorney if you are facing charges so you can discuss your case and determine what penalties you may face if convicted. These are the penalties for each degree of felony:
- Third Degree: Two to 10 years in a state prison and/or up to $10,000 in fines
- Second Degree: Two to 20 years in a state prison and/or up to $10,000 in fines
- First Degree: Five to 99 years in a state prison and/or up to $10,000 in fines
- Capital: Death penalty or life in prison without parole
Don't take chances if you have been accused of endangering a child. Should you be convicted for a crime you are not guilty of committing, you may end up paying high fines and spending years of your life in jail or prison. Prevent this by getting legal help today.
At the Martinez Law Firm, our goal is to protect you from injustice. With over 15 years of experience, including experience as a former prosecutor, Mr. Martinez is highly qualified to defend any DWI case. At our firm, we understand how confusing and difficult finding a skilled attorney can be. Let us help by allowing us to evaluate your case and tell you exactly what we may be able to do for you.