When Your Actions Come Back to Bite You

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | May 18, 2024 | 0 Comments

Police slapped a Pennsylvania man with charges of child endangerment, simple assault, and harassment after allegedly biting an 8-year-old child's face because she was acting up during a church service. Johnnie Harbold, whose familial relationship with the child is unknown, admitted he bit the child because he "just lost control." If police misconstrue your actions and charge you with endangering the welfare of a child, you need an aggressive criminal defense lawyer on your side. Contact the Criminal Defense Team at LLF Law Firm today at 888.535.3686 or through our online form, and let us build a strong case in your defense. 

Child Endangerment in Pennsylvania 

Child endangerment is defined under Pennsylvania law as a situation where a parent, guardian, or supervising adult knowingly endangers the welfare of a child by violating a duty of care, protection, or support. This can include acts or omissions that threaten a child's physical or psychological welfare. Examples of child endangerment may consist of: 

  • Leaving a young child unsupervised for an extended period 
  • Allowing a child to live in unsafe or unsanitary conditions 
  • Failing to provide adequate food, clothing, shelter, or medical care 
  • Driving under the influence with a child in the vehicle 

Child endangerment charges do not necessarily involve direct physical harm to the child but rather expose them to a risk of harm through negligence or recklessness. Child endangerment is often charged as a misdemeanor; however, in some cases, child endangerment charges may also overlap with charges of child abuse, such as if negligence is severe enough to constitute abuse. Child abuse can be a misdemeanor or felony, depending on severity, leading to more serious consequences.  

How LLF Law Firm's Criminal Defense Team Can Build a Strong Defense for You 

If you are facing child endangerment charges in Pennsylvania, it is crucial to have reliable legal counsel, such as the experienced attorneys at the LLF Law Firm's Criminal Defense Team, on your side. Child endangerment charges are serious and can result in significant consequences, including fines, probation, and even imprisonment. A skilled criminal defense attorney can help guide you through the complex legal system, protect your rights, and work toward the best possible outcome in your case. 

At the LLF Law Firm, our Criminal Defense Team has extensive experience handling child endangerment cases in Pennsylvania. We understand the sensitive nature of these charges and are committed to providing our clients with top-notch legal representation and support. If you are facing child endangerment charges, don't hesitate to contact us for a consultation. Our dedicated attorneys will tirelessly defend your rights and achieve the best possible outcome in your case. Contact us today at 888.535.3686 or through our online form, and let us fight for you. 

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Joseph D. Lento

"I pride myself on having heart and driving hard to get results!" Attorney Joseph D. Lento passionately fights for the futures of his clients in criminal courtrooms in Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania as well as in New Jersey and nationwide. He does not settle for the easiest outcome, and instead prioritizes his clients' needs and well-being. With unparalleled experience occupying several roles in the criminal justice system outside of being an attorney, Joseph D. Lento can give you valuable behind-the-scenes insight as to what is happening during all phases of the legal process. Joseph D. Lento is licensed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, and is admitted pro hac vice as needed nationwide. In the courtroom and in life, attorney Joseph D. Lento stands up when the bell rings!


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