What's going to happen?

Asked about 1 year ago - Syracuse, NY

My daughter made the mistake of leaving her child in a car unattended and got charges. She has a court date. The child was asleep and being watched from inside for 20 mins. She was not harmed they took her to the hospital and said she was fine. What do you think will happen to my daughter? What should she do? She's never been in trouble before

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  1. Tatiana Kadetskaya

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    Answered . Nobody can predict, but she definitely needs a criminal lawyer.

  2. Brian Andrew Trodden

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    Answered . I have represented people in similar situations. The important question in those cases was whether or not the situation presented a significant likelihood of harm to the child. You need a good criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Under certain circumstances, CPS can get involved and seek to remove the child from the mother's custody. This is a serious matter. I am a former prosecutor, and have been handling criminal matters like this for 16 years. You can reach me via my website at castrotrodden.com or call my office 24 hours a day at 631-382-7979.

  3. Michael R Crosner

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    Answered . I 100% percent agree with my colleagues - see to it that your daughter immediately consults a local criminal law attorney

    This is not intended to be legal advise or as legal representation. I am a California personal injury attorney .... more
  4. Philip Anthony Fabiano

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    Answered . Attorney Lassen is correct. While this is a good source for some general information, your daughter needs to immediately consult with an attorney that handles criminal cases. New York passed a law in 2012 that made it a crime to leave a child under 8 alone in a car. The penalties for a child who is not hurt do not appear to be extensive for a first offense--it may just be a fine--but I assume the penalty is greater if the child is injured. Your daughter needs to seek legal advice immediately.

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  5. Christian K. Lassen II

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    Answered . I can tell you that her chances for a successful resolution increase exponentially with a good local criminal lawyer.

  6. Marco Caviglia

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    Answered . She will most likely be charged with the A misdemeanor of endangering the welfare of a child. She should obtain criminal law counsel.

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  7. Brian Curtis Pascale

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    Answered . You need to repost this in the criminal forum. Find her a good lawyer.

    Mr. Pascale is licensed to practice law in the State of New York. The response herein is not legal advice and does... more

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