Criminal Consequences of Leaving a Child in a Car Alone

Criminal Consequences of Leaving a Child in a Car Alone

In Pennsylvania and 14 other states across the nation, it is illegal to leave a child under the age of 6 alone in a car. Even if you were gone for just a few minutes to run a quick errand, like get milk from the grocery store, pick up another child from day care, or for any other reason, it is illegal and you can be charged with endangering the welfare of a child. It is possible that a proceeding can be instituted to take your child away from you.

Most people say that they do not realize that leaving their child alone is a crime. And there are many times when a person is a single parent or dealing with an extreme circumstance that it may seem like the only option is to leave the child alone for just a minute. But it’s a huge risk that could tear a life and a family apart.

In Pennsylvania, there is no element of time regarding leaving a child in the car alone. This means that you could be gone for 30 seconds running into a gas station to pay and potentially be charged. The decision to charge is often left up to the police officer’s discretion.

Arrested for Leaving a Child in a Car Alone or Other Crime? Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney: 610-565-0240

If you were arrested for leaving your child or another child under your care in a car or other motor vehicle alone, it is critical that you retain an experienced criminal defense attorney. Protect your rights and your future with your child.

At the Law Offices of John E. Kusturiss, Jr. in Media, Pennsylvania, you will find the help you need. We are criminal defense as well as family law and personal injury attorneys who understand what you may be going through. We will fight for your rights at every stage of your case.

To discuss your options and get your questions answered in a free initial consultation that is confidential with an experienced defense attorney, please contact the 610-565-0240 or email us.

We are based in Media, Pennsylvania, and represent clients who have been accused of leaving a child in a car alone, other types of child abuse, sex abuse, theft, DWI, and other misdemeanors and felonies.

We also handle cases involving divorce and family law, and personal injury law throughout Springfield, Chester, Upper Darby, Ridley Park, Newtown Square, and Havertown, PA.

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