Injury to a minor is a serious offense, and a myriad of scenarios can fall under this category. It is a vaguely stated law on purpose, in order to protect children under a large umbrella of what is considered abuse. While this is certainly not an exhaustive list, an overarching definition of injury to a minor is as follows:
A person commits risk of injury to a minor when that person knowingly and/or willing endangers the life or limb of a child under the age of 16 when they place a child in a situation in which their health is likely to be injured, or is inappropriately touching the child or having the child touch them in an inappropriate place on their body. A few examples that could put you at risk of being charged with injury to a minor include shoplifting with your child present, offering a minor a ride, purchasing drugs in the presence of a minor, and excessive use of drugs and/or alcohol while in the presence or custody of a child.
An extremely common cause of being charged with injury to a minor involves domestic abuse cases. If two parents are fighting at home in the presence of the child, it could result in an injury to a minor charge. Since there is such a large possibility of scenarios that could be considered an injury to a minor, if you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of being accused of this case, it’s extremely important to find a lawyer that specializes in defending injury to a minor clients. With the exceedingly large amount of incidents that could fall into this category, it’s hard to define one’s legal rights when faced with this charge. As a general reference, less severe allegations can usually be resolved through negotiation, a plea deal, or the use of a diversionary program.
If you are someone that finds themselves faced with charges of injury to a minor, call the offices of Lungin Law immediately. We evaluate every aspect of the case and figure out the best course of action to take moving forward. Depending on the level of severity surrounding the case, we’ll give you the outcome you deserve, and the representation that you need.