Kidnapping & Child Endangerment
Many parents do not think it is a crime to take the kids away from an ex-spouse
for a few days in violation of a divorce order. In fact, it is the crime
of kidnapping. Conviction could lead to serious penalties and a criminal
record, in addition to the possibility that you could lose your rights
of custody and visitation. You have far too much at stake to take any
chances with the outcome of this situation - you need dedicated legal
representation. As a former prosecutor, I have extensive experience the
procedures used by law enforcement agencies, and I know where to look
for weaknesses in the case that can be exploited to your advantage.
There a number of possible kidnapping offenses that you may be charged
with in Texas:
Unlawful restraint, which is depriving someone else of liberty for a period
of time - often charged in connection with an
- Parental kidnapping, which is withholding or enabling the disappearance
of a minor child from their place of residence
- Aggravated kidnapping, which is kidnapping someone in conjunction with
other crimes, such as inflicting bodily injury or holding someone for ransom
Kidnapping charges can be as simple as a Class A misdemeanor, for which
you can serve up to a year in jail, or as serious as a first-degree felony,
for which you can spend significant time in prison. In either case, you
would end up with a conviction on your criminal record, which could follow
you for years.
Child Endangerment Charges
In Texas, you can be charged with child endangerment for abandoning or
endangering a child. You can also be charged with this crime for leaving
a child in a vehicle. The decision to file this charge is often highly
subjective, as there are many cases in which the conditions are deemed
to be dangerous in the opinion of the arresting officer.
Texas is a state that vehemently defends the welfare of minors, and these
cases are taken very seriously by the district attorney's office.
If you are charged with child endangerment, you face both criminal penalties
as well as civil actions from Child Protective Services. You could also
have your parental rights terminated. Don't take any chances with
the outcome of this situation; contact me now for a confidential consultation
to learn more and to take action toward defending your rights.