“Child Endangerment is one of the most common sex crimes charges in New Jersey. If you are convicted of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, you could go to prison for a long time.”
The Tormey Law Firm, LLC recently defended a client against charges of endangering the welfare of a child in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Our client, a 20-year-old college student at Rutgers University, faced a 7-count indictment in Middlesex County Superior Court. Prosecutors alleged that our client had acted inappropriately while working as a camp counselor. According to prosecutors, our client played “kissing games” and smoked marijuana with young camp attendees who were roughly 15 years old.
Child endangerment charges in New Jersey carry significant penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4, endangering the welfare of a child is a third degree criminal offense. A conviction on third degree child endangerment carries a sentence of 3-5 years in New Jersey State Prison. Worse yet for our client, the penalty would potentially have applied to each charge.
The prosecutors initially offered out client a plea deal that called for him to serve a sentence of 364 days in the Middlesex County Jail. Additionally, our client would have been left with an indictable felony conviction on his permanent record. Travis J. Tormey, the founding partner of the Tormey Law Firm, helped the client avoid these penalties by securing dozens of character letters in support of our client. The letters were written by the client’s family members, as well as church leaders and other community leaders.
Thanks to Mr. Tormey’s hard work and persuasiveness, the prosecutor agreed to allow our client to enter the Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) program instead of going to jail. As a result, our client will avoid jail time and keep his record clear of any criminal charges so long as he successfully completes the PTI program’s probation period. Needless to say, our client was thrilled with the result in this case.