Child endangerment is a very serious criminal offence, and a conviction can land you (or a family member) behind bars for a long time. Moreover, a child endangerment conviction on your record can have personal and financial consequences for you—especially when it comes to finding a job, finding an apartment, or seeing your family (including your children).
The experienced Calgary criminal defence lawyers at Bourdon Defence can ensure that you fully understand all of your legal options, better enabling you to make informed decisions about your case.
Defining Child Endangerment
Child endangerment charges typically arise in cases where the accused creates a situation that is likely to produce injury, death, or some sort of danger to a minor child. In some cases, this may involve intentional acts by the accused that result in one or more of the following:
- Physical suffering and pain to the minor child
- Emotional injury or distress to the minor child
- Mental suffering to the minor child
In many instances, the individual charged with child endangerment in Calgary is a family member or caregiver for the child, such as a parent or a babysitter who cares for the child on a regular basis. For the prosecutor to secure a conviction of child endangerment, it is not necessary that the minor child actually is harmed by the accused’s actions or inactions. Rather, it is only necessary that the accused places the minor child in an environment where he or she is likely to suffer emotional, physical, or mental injury. A conviction for child endangerment may result in serious penalties, including both monetary fines and jail time.
Instances of Child Endangerment in Calgary
Endangering a child in Calgary can involve a variety of actions or inactions by the accused directed towards a minor child. Those actions or inactions may include the following:
- Leaving a minor child in a motor vehicle by himself or herself when it is very hot outside, possibly causing overheating, burns, or other similar injuries
- Leaving a child alone in a dangerous neighbourhood or other area where the child is likely to be abducted or kidnapped, increasing the chances of injury
- Driving the minor child around in a motor vehicle while the driver is impaired by alcohol or drugs—or while operating the vehicle recklessly or at a high rate of speed, increasing the chances of an accident that could bring about injuries—or even death—to the minor child
Contact a Calgary Child Endangerment Defence Lawyer Today
Child endangerment is a serious criminal offence, and a conviction can land you in jail for a long time. If you face charges of child endangerment, the legal team at Bourdon Defence can uncover the basis for the charge and will advocate zealously on your behalf. Our legal team can introduce a well-crafted defence on your behalf and represent you during trial and other court hearings. To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation with a Calgary child endangerment defence lawyer, please call us today at (403) 474-4143, or contact us online.