Often the police in particular situations, when they’re charging offenses, will add a charge of endangering the welfare of a child. The significance of that is primarily that it will have an impact on any type of custody issues that will ever occur because if you have been charged and convicted with endangering the welfare of a child, that is something that can be taken into account by a court when they issue a custody decision.
The penalties themselves are not significant, but the impact of having that on your record is what is significant. Therefore, you should always consult an attorney any time such charge occurs to see whether or not that could be removed through a plea bargain under the circumstances of the particular event.
The law firm of Mattleman, Weinroth & Miller, P.C., is composed of experienced criminal defense attorneys throughout the state of Delaware. Please contact the office for a free initial consultation and get any questions answered regarding criminal charges and procedures.