Abandoning or Endangering a Child in Texas

By Jason Trumpler, P.C. on August 17, 2018

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Child abuse, or variations of it, are extremely serious crimes in the State of Texas.  Generally, prosecutors in Texas charge child abuse crimes in a couple of different ways. Commonly, clients are indicted or charged by in County Court with "injury to a child," "assault with bodily injury family violence," and "abandoning or endangering a child."  This blog focuses primarily on the offense of "abandoning or endangering."  
 
The Texas Penal Code states that the offense of "abandoning or endangering a child" occurs if  a person "having custody, care, or control of a child younger than 15 years.. intentionally abandons the child in any place under circumstances that expose the child to an unreasonable risk of harm.  A person also commits an offense (endangering) if he intentionally, knowingly, recklessly, or with criminal negligence, by act or omission, engages in conduct that places a child younger than 15 years in imminent danger of death, bodily injury, or physical or mental impairment."
 
If you or someone you know has been charged with abandoning or endangering a child, competent, aggressive legal representation can improve your chances of a favorable outcome. Austin Criminal Defense Attorney Jason Trumpler has been practicing criminal law for over 15-years, and has helped successfully defend hundreds of individuals by either getting their charges reduced or completely dismissed. Contact our office today at 512-457-5200.
 
Potential Consequences
 
The Texas Penal Code has several ranges of potential punishments depending on the circumstances of the alleged crime:
 
State Jail Felony: You abandon the child with the intent to return for him or her, such as shopping at the grocery store.
3rd Degree Felony: You abandon the child with no intent to return for him or her.
2nd Degree Felony: You abandon the child in circumstances that the reasonable person might deduce could pose imminent harm, danger, or death.
 
Endangering a child is generally punishable as a State Jail Felony.  
 
There are several exceptions to this statute, such as children enrolled in inherently dangerous extracurricular activities such as sports. 
 
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An aggressive attorney can help negotiate the best plea deal for you, often resulting in reduced or dismissed charges. Attorney Jason Trumpler currently practices in counties including Travis, Williamson, Hays, Bell, Lee, Coryell, Burnet, Bastrop, and Comal. Contact our office today at 512-457-5200.
 

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