Connecticut Child Endangerment Charges

Many Connecticut domestic violence episodes take place in front of children. In fact, many times it is the kids who call 911 and report the domestic violence to Connecticut police.

As a result, we often see felony Risk of Injury to a Minor / Child Endangerment arrests piggybacked onto domestic violence charges like Assault and Disorderly Conduct because children under the age of 16 are in the house during a fight or are eyewitnesses to a fight between husband and wife, boyfriend and girlfriend, or domestic partners. However, many times your arrest in Connecticut for Risk of Injury is overkill, as the arresting officers know your child’s health and welfare were never in danger, but still tack on this felony charge.

These days, police are not taking any chances or giving any benefits of the doubt to anyone, and instead are sending everyone in this situation to court with a felony arrest in Connecticut for Risk of Injury to a Minor, causing havoc to your employment background checks, online reputation, and also triggering a very disruptive and embarrassing Connecticut DCF investigation.

For all of these reasons, if you are arrested in Connecticut for Felony Risk of Injury to a Minor Child, you should contact a Connecticut child endangerment lawyer.

What Is Connecticut’s Risk of Injury Statute?

Connecticut’s Risk of Injury statute, codified in C.G.S. 53-21, is broken down into two subsections, which are distinguished by the alleged harm inflicted on the child. The first Connecticut Risk of Injury subsection, C.G.S. 53-21(a)(1), makes it a crime to place a child under the age of 16 in a situation where that child is at risk of life endangerment, injury to health or moral impairment, or to otherwise do anything likely to cause impairment to that child’s health or morals.

What Does the Risk of Injury Statute Cover?

This law covers a very broad range of conduct, such as leaving your child in a car alone, driving a child around while you are drunk or intoxicated, or administering certain types of physical discipline upon your child at home. If the police believe you engaged in conduct that violates this subsection of C.G.S. 53-21, then they will arrest you in Connecticut for Risk of Injury to a Minor Child under CGS 53-21. It is a Class C felony which carries a maximum jail sentence of 10 years, probation and a fine of up to $10,000 making it important a child endangerment attorney is contacted immediately.

Risk of Injury Arrests

The other and more serious subsection of the Connecticut Risk of Injury crime is C.G.S. 53-21(a)(2), which prohibits you from (1) having contact with the intimate parts of someone under 16 years old, or (2) subjecting a child under 16 years old to having contact with your intimate parts, in a manner that is sexual and indecent and is likely to cause health impairment or moral impairment to that child. As the top Stamford Connecticut criminal lawyers would explain, Connecticut defines “intimate parts” as the buttocks, breasts, inner thighs, genital area, groin, and anus.

It also includes any contact with substances secreted from these parts. You can be charged under this section if, for example, you inappropriately touch a child under 16 years old while they are in the bath.

Charges under this sub-section, unlike the charges under the first subsection C.G.S. 53-21(a)(1), are classified as Class B felonies, imposing jail sentences of up to 20 years, sex offender probation, national sex offender registration, and a fine of up to $15,000. Further, if you are found guilty of engaging in conduct prohibited by this section with a child under 13 years old, a guilty verdict will result in a mandatory minimum sentence of five years that the court cannot suspend or reduce.

Contact an Attorney Today

So if you are arrested in Connecticut for Risk of Injury to a Minor Child / Child Endangerment, contact an experienced Connecticut child endangerment attorney today. Let us try and craft the best cost-effective defense possible for you, and let us help you fend off DCF investigators while we push DCF to close your case as quickly possible.

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