Child Endangerment in New Jersey | What You Need to Know

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Charges of child endangerment can break up a family and ruin a person’s good name. If you are currently facing these charges, our firm is here to help you fight them. Continue reading and reach out to our Bergen County criminal defense lawyer to learn more about what we can do to preserve your future. Here are some of the questions you may have:

How is child endangerment defined under New Jersey law?

Child endangerment in New Jersey is loosely defined as when a person who has legal duty to care for a child either engages in sexual conduct with the child or otherwise neglects or abuses the child in some way, such as by recklessly abandoning the child somewhere.

What are some crimes that may be considered acts of child endangerment?

There are a wide array of crimes that New Jersey law sees as acts of child endangerment. Just some of the most common are as follows

  • The possession, sale, or manufacturing of child pornography
  • Neglect or abuse
  • Statutory rape
  • Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol with a child in the vehicle
  • Sexual assault against a child
  • Child molestation

What happens if I am convicted of child endangerment in New Jersey?

Anyone who is found guilty of endangering the welfare of a child in some way can expect to face a wide array of consequences that can shape their lives for years down the road. For example, if you are charged with child endangerment in the third degree, you can face anywhere between three and five years of incarceration.

That said, you are found guilty of child endangerment in the second degree, you will most likely face even harsher penalties. You can expect to face anywhere between five and 10 years of incarceration in state prison. You should also note that if you are guilty of committing a crime of a sexual nature against a child, you will most likely have to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law. This means that the general public will know who you are, what you did, and when you move into their neighborhood. If you are facing child endangerment charges of any kind, our firm is here to help.


The Law Office of Boyd & Squitieri prides itself on providing our clients with the competent, honest, and effective legal advice they deserve. Whether you are facing sex crime charges, require assistance filing for bankruptcy, or are looking to go through the foreclosure mediation process, you can depend on us to fight for your rights through every step of the process going forward. Contact the Law Office Boyd & Squitieri today to learn more about how our legal team can help you.