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New Jersey Endangering the Welfare of a Child Charges: N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4

Bergen County Criminal Lawyer with Offices in Paramus, New Jersey

Travis J. Tormey is an experienced defense attorney who serves on behalf of clients facing a vast array of charges, ranging from unlawful possession of a weapon to terroristic threats. With centrally located offices in Paramus and Morristown, he appears in courts throughout Northern New Jersey, including Palisades Interstate Park, Fort Lee, and Elmwood Park. Having represented clients in such a wide variety of cases, Mr. Tormey has specifically formulated tactics to combat charges such as sexual assault, criminal sexual contact, and endangering the welfare of a child.

Mr. Tormey’s practice concentrates on criminal law, which has facilitated him in developing a breadth of knowledge in the area of criminal defense. This repository of information regarding New Jersey law enables him to identify the nuances involved in each case and thus, to best represent his clients. In fact, Mr. Tormey has been cited as a legal resource in a number of publications, including The Daily Record and The Bergen Record, as well as the AOL News. Feel free to contact him at his office at (201) 556-1570, as he provides free legal consultations.

Endangering the Welfare of a Child: N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4

According to N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4:

a. Any person having a legal duty for the care of a child or who has assumed responsibility for the care of a child who engages in sexual conduct which would impair or debauch the morals of the child, or who causes the child harm that would make the child an abused or neglected child is guilty of a crime of the second degree. Any other person who engages in conduct or who causes harm (as described in the statute) to a child under the age of 16 is guilty of a crime of the third degree.

A person commits a crime of the second degree if he causes or permits a child to engage in a prohibited sexual act or in the simulation of such an act if the person knows, has reason to know or intends that the prohibited act may be photographed, filmed, reproduced, or reconstructed in any manner, including on the Internet, or may be part of an exhibition or performance. If the person is a parent, guardian or other person legally charged with the care or custody of the child, the personal is guilty of a crime of the first degree.

A person who photographs or films a child in a prohibited sexual act or in the simulation of such an act or who uses any device, including a computer, to reproduce or reconstruct the image of a child in a prohibited sexual act or in the simulation of such an act is guilty of a crime of the second degree.

A person who knowingly receives for the purpose of selling or who knowingly sells, procures, manufactures, gives, provides, lends, trades, mails, delivers, transfers, publishes, distributes, circulates, disseminates, presents, exhibits, advertises, offers or agrees to offer, through any means, including the Internet, any photograph, film, videotape, computer program or file, video game or any other reproduction or reconstruction which depicts a child engaging in a prohibited sexual act or in the simulation of such an act, is guilty of a crime of the second degree.

A person who knowingly possess or knowingly views any photograph, film, videotape, computer program or file, video game or any other reproduction or reconstruction which depicts a child engaging in a prohibited sexual act or in the simulation of such an act, including on the Internet, is guilty of a crime of the fourth degree.

Endangering the Welfare of a Child: Potential Penalties

Charges for Endangering the Welfare of a Child can be classified as first, second, third, or fourth degree crimes, depending on the circumstances of the specific case. In addition, a conviction for this type of charge may entail mandatory sex offender registration under New Jersey’s Megan’s Law, as well as life-long community supervision.

  • First degree offenses are punishable by a term of incarceration ranging from 10 to 20 years in New Jersey State Prison. In addition, a conviction for a first degree crime entails a presumption of incarceration, which may result in a mandatory prison term even for a defendant with no prior criminal record.
  • Second degree offenses are punishable by a term of incarceration ranging from 5 to 10 years in New Jersey State Prison, with a presumption of incarceration.
  • Third degree offenses are punishable by a term of incarceration ranging from 3 to 5 years in New Jersey State Prison. These charges include a presumption of non-incarceration, which means that defendants with no existing criminal history may be eligible for probation in lieu of a prison sentence.
  • Fourth degree offenses are punishable by a maximum term of incarceration of 18 months in New Jersey State Prison, with a presumption of non-incarceration.

Finding Representation for Your Endangering the Welfare of a Child Case

If you or a loved-one has been charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney can help to ensure the best possible outcome in your case. Contact the Tormey Law Firm, LLC to today at  (201)-556-1570 for a free consultation.

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