You need to hire a defense attorney to help assist you with a defense and negotiate a plea on your behalf. The maximum that you can get for harassment in the second degree 240.26 is 15 day jail time. For endangering the welfare of a child the maximum you can get is one year in jail.
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Harassment in the 2nd Degree is a violation - not a crime; but Endangering the Welfare of a Child is a misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail. However, you should receive a favorable plea offer from the DA if you don't have a criminal record. That being said, if you are innocent and this arrest my impact your future work with kids, you should explain this to your lawyer and discuss with him/her your options.
The endangering charge is the more serious. The max is 1 year jail, 3 years probation and a $1,000 fine.
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