Though not as severe as child abuse or neglect, child endangerment is a serious offense that carries significant penalties. Under Oklahoma law, a person may be charged with child endangerment for the following reasons:
- Knowingly permitting physical or sexual abuse of a child
- Knowingly permitting a child to be present where a controlled substance or drug is being manufactured
- Knowingly permitting a child to be in a vehicle operated by an impaired or intoxicated driver
- Operating a vehicle while impaired or intoxicated while a child is in the vehicle
Penalties Associated with Child Endangerment
In our state, child endangerment is a felony offense. If convicted, you could serve up to four years in prison.
Defending Child Endangerment Charges
The burden of proof lies with the prosecution in a child endangerment case. A seasoned defense attorney can help you understand the charges you’re facing and the options available to you in defending the case.