The crime of child neglect, more formally "contributing to delinquency and neglect by parents and others," occurs when any person who is at least 16 years old knowingly or willfully causes, encourages, or aids any juvenile within the jurisdiction of the court to be in a place or condition, or to commit an act whereby the juvenile could be adjudicated delinquent, undisciplined, abused, or neglected.
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Our Charlotte based lawyers can help with your child neglect and abuse charges. In North Carolina, the department and social services, lawmakers, and judges take claims and charges of child abuse very seriously. District Attorneys also take these situations very seriously, and have a number of potential criminal charges at their disposal to bring against an alleged offender.
Charges range from misdemeanors to felonies, and punishments typically range from suspended sentences with unsupervised probation to years in prison. The most common charges brought against parents for actions against their children are neglect and abuse charges. Charges against parents may also result in additional civil consequences including involvement and action by the department of social services, removal of children from the home, and/or termination of parental rights.
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Our Charlotte Mecklenburg County criminal defense attorneys are here to help with your child abuse and neglect charges. Our attorneys also have experience in the field of Family Law, which often overlaps with criminal defense when child abuse or neglect charges are involved. It is important that you consult an attorney prior to facing charges of this nature, as they may have a lasting impact on not only your criminal record, but your family life and parental rights.
Delinquent: Any juvenile who, while less than 16 years of age but at least 6 years of age, commits a crime or infraction under State law or under an ordinance of local government, including violation of the motor vehicle laws, or who commits indirect contempt by a juvenile
Undisciplined: A juvenile who, while less than 16 years of age but at least 6 years of age, is unlawfully absent from school; or is regularly disobedient to and beyond the disciplinary control of the juvenile's parent, guardian, or custodian; or is regularly found in places where it is unlawful for a juvenile to be; or has run away from home for a period of more than 24 hours; OR, a juvenile who is 16 or 17 years of age and who is regularly disobedient to and beyond the disciplinary control of the juvenile's parent, guardian, or custodian; or is regularly found in places where it is unlawful for a juvenile to be; or has run away from home for a period of more than 24 hours. N.C.G.S. § 7B-1501.
Abused: any juvenile less than 10 years of age whose parent, guardian, custodian, or caretaker creates or allows to be created a substantial risk of serious physical injury to the juvenile by other than accidental means; uses or allows to be used upon the juvenile cruel or grossly inappropriate procedures or devices to modify behavior; commits, permits, or encourages a wide range of different sexual violations and exploitation to occur against the juvenile; creates or allows to be created serious emotional damage to the juvenile; encourages, directs, or approves of delinquent acts involving moral turpitude committed by the juvenile; or commits or allows to be committed human trafficking, involuntary servitude, or sexual servitude against the child. N.C.G.S. § 7B-101
Neglected: A juvenile who does not receive proper care, supervision, or discipline from the juvenile's parent, guardian, custodian, or caretaker; or who has been abandoned; or who is not provided necessary medical care; or who is not provided necessary remedial care; or who lives in an environment injurious to the juvenile's welfare; or who has been placed for care or adoption in violation of law. In determining whether a juvenile is a neglected juvenile, it is relevant whether that juvenile lives in a home where another juvenile has died as a result of suspected abuse or neglect or lives in a home where another juvenile has been subjected to abuse or neglect by an adult who regularly lives in the home. N.C.G.S. § 7B-101
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Child abuse charges in North Carolina may be brought either as misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the circumstances. The misdemeanor statute reads in part as follows: any parent of a child less than 16 years of age, or any other person providing care to or supervision of such child, who inflicts physical injury, or who allows physical injury to be inflicted, or who creates or allows to be created a substantial risk of physical injury, upon or to such child by other than accidental means is guilty of the class A1 misdemeanor of child abuse (N.C.G.S. § 14‑318.2). An A1 misdemeanor is the most serious of misdemeanor charges and may carry a maximum of 150 days of jail time.
The felony child abuse statute is a bit more involved but may be brought when the abuse causes "serious" physical injury or bodily harm to the child; results in permanent or protracted loss or impairment of any mental or emotional function of the child; results in prostitution or sexual acts upon the child; results in a showing of reckless disregard for the life of the minor child leading to serious injury to the child (N.C.G.S. § 14‑318.4). The punishment for felony crimes differ depending on the circumstances, but can result in significant fines and potentially years in jail.
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