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Child Abuse / Neglect / Endangerment

Nevada Revised Statute § 200.508 criminalizes the abuse, neglect, or endangerment of a child. Abuse or neglect is defined in this statute as a physical or mental injury of a nonaccidental nature, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, negligent treatment, or maltreatment of a child under the age of 18 years under circumstances which indicate that the child’s health or welfare is harmed or threatened with harm.

These types of criminal charges are taken very seriously by prosecutors, as judges and juries alike will often take a very harsh view of alleged offenders accused of committing these types of offenses. When a person is arrested for this type of crime, there is often a crushing stigma that can impact an entire community’s opinion of the alleged offender and make him or her feel as though he or she has already been found guilty even before his or her first day in court.

Las Vegas Child Abuse Lawyer

Are you under investigation or have you already been arrested for allegedly abusing, neglecting, or endangering a child in Nevada? It is in your best interest to make sure that you have legal representation before making any kind of statement to police or Child Protective Services (CPS).

Clark County child neglect attorney Jeffrey Jaeger helps clients throughout the greater Las Vegas area, including Henderson and North Las Vegas. The Law Offices of Jeffrey Jaeger can evaluate your case and answer all of your questions as soon as you call (702) 816-3888 to take advantage of a free, confidential consultation.


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Willful Child Abuse Charges in Clark County

The most serious penalties in child abuse cases involve incidents in which an alleged offender directly causes harm to a minor. Nevada Revised Statute § 200.508 states that it is a felony offense for a person to willfully cause a child less than 18 years of age to suffer unjustifiable physical pain or mental suffering as a result of abuse or neglect, or to be placed in a situation where the child may suffer physical pain or mental suffering as the result of abuse or neglect.

The specific felony classification depends on whether the child suffered any injuries as well as other factors. When the alleged abuse or neglect results in substantial bodily or mental harm to the child:

  • If the child is less than 14 years of age and the harm is the result of sexual abuse or exploitation, this crime is a category A felony punishable by life in state prison with parole eligibility beginning after at least 15 years have been served.
  • In all other such cases, this is a category B felony punishable by at least two years up to 20 years in state prison.

When the alleged abuse or neglect does not result in substantial bodily or mental harm, then the crime may be classified as follows:

  • If the alleged offender has never been previously convicted of a crime relating to abuse, neglect, or endangerment of a child, this crime is a category B felony punishable by at least one year up to six years in state prison.
  • If the alleged offender has been previously convicted of a crime relating to abuse, neglect, or endangerment of a child, this is a category B felony punishable by at least two years up to 15 years in state prison unless a more severe penalty is legally applicable for an act or omission that brings about the abuse or neglect.

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Negligent Child Endangerment Charges in Las Vegas

Not all child abuse charges are the result of an alleged offender’s intentional actions. The same Nevada Revised Statute also make it a felony offense for a person who is responsible for the safety or welfare of a child to permit or allow that child to suffer unjustifiable physical pain or mental suffering as a result of abuse or neglect or to be placed in a situation where the child may suffer physical pain or mental suffering as the result of abuse or neglect.

Again, criminal classification depends on whether the alleged victim suffered any injuries in addition to the other factors. When the case involves substantial bodily or mental harm to the child:

  • If the child is less than 14 years of age and the harm is the result of sexual abuse or exploitation, this crime is a category A felony punishable by life in state prison with parole eligibility beginning after at least 10 years have been served.
  • In all other such cases, this is a category B felony punishable by at least two years up to 20 years in state prison.

When the alleged abuse or neglect does not result in substantial bodily or mental harm, then the crime may be classified as follows:

  • If the alleged offender has never been previously convicted of a crime relating to abuse, neglect, or endangerment of a child, this crime is a gross misdemeanor punishable by up to 364 days in the county jail and/or a fine of up to $2,000.
  • If the alleged offender has been previously convicted of a crime relating to abuse, neglect, or endangerment of a child, this is a category C felony punishable by at least one year up to five years in state prison and possible a fine of up to $10,000 unless a more severe penalty is legally applicable for an act or omission that brings about the abuse or neglect.

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Nevada Child Neglect Defenses

There can be instances in which these charges may be filed against an alleged offender without a proper investigation. Whether it is the result of an investigator’s confirmation bias or just basic carelessness, oversights or disregard of certain facts often lead to very strong defenses that can ultimately lead to these charges being significantly reduced or even completely dismissed.

A few of the more common defenses in child abuse cases include, but are not limited to:

  • False Allegations — One disturbing likelihood in these types of cases is the distinct possibility that the accusation of abuse are completely manufactured. This problem is especially common in cases involving parents who are in the middle of a contentious divorce or child custody dispute;
  • Exterior Factor — Many children sustain injuries as a result of accidents, medical conditions, or other innocent factors that are completely separate from child abuse;
  • Parent's Right to Discipline — Nevada Revised Statute § 432B.150 plainly states that excessive corporal punishment may constitute abuse or neglect, but this defense may still be applicable when the alleged discipline did not result in substantial bodily harm; or
  • Third Party — Sometimes an alleged offender may be accused of committing violent acts against a child when it was actually a completely different person who was responsible for the abuse.

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Finding a Child Endangerment Lawyer in Clark County

If you have been arrested or you believe that you are under investigation for allegedly abusing, neglecting, or endangering a child in the Silver State, you should immediately seek the help of The Law Offices of Jeffrey Jaeger. Jeffrey Jaeger is extremely knowledgeable in various aspects of criminal defense, having co-authored the Courtroom Handbook of Nevada Evidence, a guide used by judges and litigators throughout Nevada.

Our firm provides legal defense for clients from Henderson to North Las Vegas. Call (702) 816-3888 right now to schedule a free initial consultation that will allow Las Vegas child abuse attorney Jeffrey Jaeger review your case.