Unlawful Neglect of a Child Put the Inside Knowledge of a Former Prosecutor to Work for You

Unlawful Neglect of a Child Defense Lawyer in Greenville, SC

Experienced Child Neglect Defense Attorney

Being accused of or charged with the unlawful neglect of a child is a serious legal matter. A conviction of this offense can lead to severe consequences and needs the attention and services of a reputable and trusted criminal defense lawyer. If you or someone you know is facing such a charge in Greenville, Spartanburg, or the surrounding areas, it is highly recommended that you call on Christopher L. Jones, Attorney at Law. Having a former prosecutor on your side at this critical time is indispensable to your defense.

Get your case evaluated in a free, initial consultation. Contact our unlawful neglect of a child lawyer in Greenville at (864) 559-8999 or through our online request form as soon as possible.

Unlawful Conduct Toward a Child

Unlawful conduct toward a child, or unlawful dealing with a child, means subjecting a child to activities deemed inappropriate for a minor. Unlawful conduct toward a child includes activities like sexual abuse, drug abuse, tattooing, etc. These charges can be extensive and carry severe penalties. If you’ve been accused of unlawful dealing with a child, contact Christopher L. Jones, Attorney at Law to speak with an expert criminal defense attorney in Greenville or call (864) 559-8999 to schedule your free consultation.

Is Child Neglect a Felony in South Carolina?

In South Carolina, child neglect is considered a felony. It can also carry a sentence of up to ten years imprisonment in the South Carolina Department of Corrections. In order to be convicted, the State must prove several things. First, they must prove that the defendant is either a parent, legal guardian or otherwise legally responsible for the child's welfare. Not everyone who comes into contact with a child meets this requirement.

What is Unlawful Neglect of a Child?

South Carolina’s law under Code 63 delineates how unlawful neglect of a child is defined.

Under this law, you can be charged with a felony if you:

  • Put a child under the age of 18 at unreasonable risk of physical or mental harm
  • Commit or cause to be committed unlawful and malicious bodily harm to the child that endangers his or her life
  • Willfully abandon the child

This can be charged against parents, stepparents, adoptive parents, guardians, or anyone who has a duty of care and management of the child, such as daycare personnel. Parents arrested for this offense will also face social welfare agencies whose job it is to ensure the safety and well-being of children.

What are the Penalties of Child Neglect?

A conviction of this offense will result in a prison term of up to 10 years and/or fines decided at the court’s discretion along with a permanent criminal record. As a convicted felon, your future will likely be negatively impacted making it difficult to find employment or housing or being qualified for professional licenses.

As in any criminal offense, it will be the burden of the prosecutor to prove all elements of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt. In the face of this, working with a former prosecutor who has unique insight into the process can be of great benefit to your case. At Christopher L. Jones, Attorney at Law, we are dedicated to helping you achieve the most favorable result possible and will work diligently toward this goal on your behalf.

Contact our Greenville unlawful neglect of a child defense attorney at (864) 559-8999.

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  • Charge Reduced Felony DUI
  • Charge Reduced Kidnapping and Domestic Violence
  • Case Dismissed Public Disorderly Conduct
  • Case Dismissed Public Disorderly Conduct
  • Case Dismissed Shoplifting
  • Case Dismissed Unlawful Neglect

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