Boulder Child Abuse and Child Endangerment Attorney
Child Abuse and Child Endangerment
The safety of children is vitally important, and allegations of child abuse or child endangerment are taken seriously in Colorado. However, in many cases, accusations of child abuse and endangerment are exaggerated or misconstrued; our legal team will help you get to the bottom of the issue, protecting your rights and freedom every step of the way.
Contact Dolan + Zimmerman LLP online or call 303-593-1874 today for your free 10-minute consultation.
Why Choose Our Boulder Child Endangerment Lawyer?
- You will work directly with your Boulder criminal defense attorney, but to provide our clients with the best and most effective service, we adopt a team approach.
- Each case is important to us, so we handle it with the utmost care and compassion.
- Given the sensitive nature of these types of cases, we strive to protect your privacy and to resolve these complex cases smoothly and successfully.
What Constitutes Child Abuse in Colorado?
- Colorado Revised Statutes § 18-6-401 provides that a person commits child abuse if such person:
- Causes an injury to the child’s life or health;
- Permits a child to be unreasonably placed in a situation that poses a threat of injury to the child’s life or health; or,
- Engages in a continued pattern of conduct that results in malnourishment, lack of proper medical care, cruel punishment, mistreatment, or an accumulation of injuries that ultimately results in the death of a child or serious bodily injury to a child;
- Commits DUI or DWAI with a child in the car;
- Allows or performs genital mutilation; or
- Allows a child to be present near the manufacture of controlled substances or near certain drugs and precursors.
Allowing a child in your care to be in a situation that poses a threat to the child, even without any intent to cause harm, and even if no injury occurs, can still result in child abuse charges.
What Is Considered Child Endangerment?
Child endangerment cases can be difficult to understand, mainly because the conditions that a prosecutor can determine as “endangering” a child could actually mean that you have not inflicted any physical harm to the child.
Something as simple as leaving a weapon or knife laying out within the child’s reach could potentially be enough to be considered endangerment to a minor. Sick children who do not receive immediate medical treatment could also be a cause for alarm for officials, and you may have investigators questioning your parenting abilities and rights.
Defending Against Allegations of Child Abuse and Child Endangerment
Unfortunately, not all allegations of child abuse and child endangerment are accurate. Some professionals err on the side of caution and report potential abuse to keep themselves out of trouble. These accusations can still result in criminal charges, but a charge is not a conviction. If you are charged with child abuse or child endangerment in Boulder or the surrounding areas, your first order of business should be to find the best lawyer you can possibly hire.
Innocence is critical to defending yourself, but even if you are confident, refrain from speaking to the police or giving a statement without a defense attorney in Boulder present. Any potentially incriminating statements you make can be used against you throughout the investigation and potentially in court.
Contact a Boulder Child Abuse Lawyer
If you have been accused of child abuse or child endangerment in Boulder, contact Dolan + Zimmerman LLP. We will help you fight your charges and move on with your life. Call 303-593-1874 or message us online to schedule a free consultation today.