Child endangerment laws in the state of Oregon are designed to protect children from being exposed to harmful substances or actions. If a person is charged with endangering the welfare of a minor, he or she can face severe penalties such as a class A misdemeanor or a class A violation, depending on the circumstances of the crime.
What is Child Endangerment?
A person can be accused of endangering the welfare of a minor due to a variety of illegal actions. The following behaviors can lead to child endangerment allegations:
- Allowing a child to enter and remain in a location where substances such as illegal drugs are unlawfully used or distributed
- Selling to a child a device used to smoke or inhale tobacco or a controlled substance
- Selling or distributing tobacco to a child
- Allowing or inducing a child to gamble
- Exposing or inducing an unmarried minor to witness an act of sexual conduct or sadomasochistic abuse
These actions may result in a class A misdemeanor, which can carry heavy criminal fines and possible time in jail. The exception is when a person sells a minor a device used to smoke or inhale tobacco or a controlled substance, which is considered a class A violation. A class A violation may carry less severe penalties, but a conviction can still affect a person’s future.
If you’re facing child endangerment accusations, you may want to closely consider the defense options available to you to fight these charges. For a free consultation about your next steps as a defendant, contact an attorney from Castleberry & Elison, P.C., today by calling (503) 223-0011.