South Carolina Child Endangerment Attorneys
Child endangerment occurs when an adult, whether a parent or caregiver, places a child in a dangerous situation that is inappropriate or could cause them harm.
Child endangerment includes both placing a child in physical danger and exposing a child to dangerous or illegal adult situations. Including:
- Caregivers driving under the influence
- Exposing children to illegal drug use
- Exposing children to firearms
- Failing to use proper safety restraints
- Exposure to Pornography
- Exposing a child to Domestic Violence
Carelessness, negligence, or recklessness may lead to a child endangerment charge.
Child Endangerment under the Uniform Act Regulating Traffic on Highways
According to South Carolina code of law 56-5-2947, a person 18 years or older is guilty of child endangerment when he or she violates one of the laws listed below and has a child in their care at the time:
- Section 56-5-750 (Failure to stop motor vehicle when signaled by law enforcement),
- Section 56-5-2930 (Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol),
- Section 56-5-2933 (Driving with an unlawful alcohol concentration), or
- Section 56-5-2945 (Felony driving under the influence), and the person has one or more passengers under the age of 16.
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Getting arrested or being charged with a crime does not mean that you are guilty and do not have any rights. It becomes the state’s burden to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. Persons who have been charged with child endangerment should seek the advice of an attorney. A criminal attorney who handles these cases will know what options are available and what the best line of defense will be under the circumstances. If you have been accused of child endangerment, it’s important to understand your rights. Call the Strom Law Firm today for a free consultation to see how we can help you.