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Child endangerment charges should never be taken lightly. They have the potential to tear families apart and send parents, grandparents, and other guardians to jail.

If you have been charged with child endangerment in the state of Arizona, you will no doubt be keen to avoid these nightmare outcomes. The best way to do so is to make it as difficult as possible for the prosecution to convict you – a feat that can be accomplished by hiring a Phoenix child endangerment attorney like Craig Orent.

How Attorney Orent and His Legal Team Can Help You Fight Back Against Your Child Endangerment Charge

At the Orent Law Offices, we believe that, when faced with serious criminal charges, Arizonans should receive a vigorous defense. If you choose to hire us to help you with your child endangerment charge, we will:

Provide You with Sound Legal Advice and Guidance

The actions that you take during the course of your criminal case will have a huge bearing on its eventual outcome. If you make a lot of errors or mistakes, you could potentially cause irreparable harm to your case. However, if you can consistently make smart decisions, you might just be able to boost your chances of achieving a favorable outcome.

Attorney Orent has been a practicing defense lawyer for more than 30 years. During that time, he has encountered just about every scenario that you could possibly come across during your case. If you are faced with a tough decision and aren’t sure what to do, you can count on him to give you the advice you need.

Protect Your Constitutional Rights

When arresting and prosecuting you, the state of Arizona and its representatives are obliged to respect your constitutional rights. Unfortunately, over-eager police officers and prosecutors sometimes cross the line.

When you have attorney Orent on your side, he will watch vigilantly over every interaction that you have with a representative of the state. If he notices any rights violations occurring, he will put a stop to them immediately. Should the issue persist, he will raise it with the presiding judge.

Negotiate with the Prosecuting Attorney

Prosecuting attorneys often do not have a strong appetite to take child endangerment cases to court. They would much prefer to resolve the matter through a plea bargain agreement. If they choose to offer such a deal to you, Attorney Orent will be on hand to negotiate the terms on your behalf.

Having worked in the legal industry for decades, Attorney Orent has dealt with his fair share of prosecutors. As such, he knows the best techniques to use to try to convince them to improve the terms of their plea bargain deals. With him on your side, you can be confident that you will be well-represented at the negotiating table.

Attorney Craig Orent is an expert in Arizona child abuse and child endangerment law. If you would like to have him help you with your case, just reach out to the Orent Law Offices here in Phoenix to set up a free consultation.

Understanding Arizona’s Child Endangerment Laws

Most states have laws on their books that specifically deal with the issue of child endangerment. Arizona does not. Instead, the Grand Canyon State classifies the endangerment of any human being, including children, as a criminal offense.

The Crime of Endangerment Under Arizona Law

Section 13-1201 of the Arizona Revised Statutes states that anyone who recklessly endangers another person with a substantial risk of imminent death or physical injury may be charged with endangerment.

According to the state of Arizona, a person behaves “recklessly” when they consciously disregard a substantial and unjustifiable risk that a negative outcome will occur. Such a risk must be a gross deviation from the standard of conduct that one would expect from a reasonable person.

A brief list of actions that would be considered reckless by the state and may lead to child endangerment charges would include:

  • Being under the influence of alcohol while caring for a child
  • Being under the influence of drugs while caring for a child
  • Leaving a child in a vehicle without proper supervision
  • Leaving a child in a residence without proper supervision
  • Failing to report an instance of physical abuse against a child
  • Failing to protect a child from a foreseeable injury
  • Committing a crime while caring for a child

The above list of potentially criminally negligent actions is not exhaustive. When filing endangerment charges, state prosecutors enjoy broad discretion to decide whether an action can be classified as “reckless” or not.

Phoenix criminal defense attorney Craig Orent has helped countless Maricopa County residents fight back against their endangerment charges. He would love to do the same for you. To set up a free consultation, just give our law office a call during regular business hours.

Consequences of Arizona Child Endangerment Convictions

Individuals who are convicted of child endangerment in Arizona can face a wide variety of different consequences:

Criminal Penalties for Child Endangerment in Arizona

The criminal penalties for an Arizona child endangerment conviction are largely dependent on the amount of danger the child faces as a result of the offender’s actions:

Substantial Risk of Imminent Physical Injury

Placing a substantial risk of imminent physical injury upon a child or any other human being in Arizona is generally punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor. The possible criminal penalties for an offense of this nature include:

  • Up to 6 months in jail
  • Up to 3 years of probation
  • A fine of up to $2,500

Substantial Risk of Imminent Death

In the state of Arizona, endangering another person by placing them under a substantial risk of imminent death is usually classified as a Class 6 felony. Individuals who are convicted of such an offense may face the following criminal punishments:

  • Up to 18 months in prison
  • Up to 5 years of probation
  • A fine of up to $150,000

Other Consequences of Arizona Child Endangerment Convictions

In addition to the criminal penalties that can be doled out for endangerment convictions, offenders may also face more personal consequences, such as:

Difficulty Finding Housing

Many apartment complexes run a background check on prospective tenants before approving their application. Individuals with a child endangerment conviction on their record may have their application denied.

Difficulty Finding a Job

Background checks that show previous criminal convictions can make it difficult to secure a good job. Having a criminal record can also prevent offenders from obtaining certain professional licenses.

Child Custody Issues

Individuals who are convicted of endangerment often lose custody of their children. In some cases, this loss of custody is temporary. In others, however, it can be permanent.

Loss of Gun Ownership Rights

The state of Arizona does not allow felons to buy, own, or possess firearms. Anyone who is found to have placed a substantial risk of imminent death upon a child will no longer be able to legally own a gun.

Loss of Voting Rights

It is illegal for convicted felons to vote in Arizona. This ban includes all local, state, and federal elections.

Do you need an experienced criminal defense attorney to help you try to avoid these punishments? If so, please do not hesitate to reach out to our law firm in Phoenix, AZ. We are always ready, willing, and able to assist.

Defenses Against Arizona Child Endangerment Charges

Individuals who do not wish to see their endangerment charge become a conviction will need a strong defense strategy. A brief list of some of the most effective defense strategies would include:

False Allegations

When a family is going through a difficult divorce or separation, it is not unusual for one parent to make false allegations of child abuse or child endangerment against the other. If a defense lawyer can show that the allegations against their client are false, they should have no trouble getting their charge dropped.

Lack of Evidence

To turn an endangerment charge into an endangerment conviction, the state of Arizona must present evidence to the court. If they do not have enough evidence to prove their case, an experienced defense attorney can move to have the endangerment charge thrown out.

Misattribution of Blame

When a child’s life is at stake, law enforcement officers are often quick to assign blame and make arrests. Unfortunately, they sometimes arrest the wrong person. If a lawyer can show that another person was responsible for endangering the child, they may be able to get their client’s charge dismissed.

Would you like to have attorney Orent review the details of your endangerment case and help you come up with an effective defense strategy? If so, just give us a call or contact us online to set up a free consultation at our Phoenix law office.

Need a Child Endangerment Attorney in Phoenix, Arizona? Contact the Orent Law Offices Today

If you have been charged with child abuse or child endangerment in Arizona, please contact the Orent Law Offices as soon as possible. Our experienced team would love to review your case and provide you with more information about how we can help.