Child Endangerment Charges

Wisconsin Child Endangerment Charges

Child endangerment charges are quite serious in Wisconsin. Children have many legal protections under the Wisconsin statutes. Parents who are believed to be putting a child at risk of harm is subject to child endangerment criminal charges. Under § 948.21, Neglecting a child, any person who is responsible for the welfare of a child and who, due to an action or failure to act, contributes to the neglect of a child, can be charged with child endangerment. The result could be a Class A misdemeanor, a Class H felony (for bodily harm), a Class F felony (for great bodily harm), or a Class D felony (if death is the consequence).


Individuals who drive under the influence can be charged if a child is present at the time of the arrest. As Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) reports, it is a misdemeanor to drive drunk with a child passenger under 16. If any person is injured or killed, the charges that are filed against the drunk driver will be far more extreme. A conviction can result in harsh consequences, including the following:

  • Fines from $350 to $1,110
  • Jail time up to six months
  • Driver’s License revocation for 4 years

If you are accused of child endangerment, the stakes are high. 

Wisconsin Child Protective Services may decide that your children are at risk under your care; once the children are removed from your custody, it can be very difficult to get them back. To do so, you may be facing an extended battle, including psychological evaluations, home visits from the agency, and several court hearings. So it is imperative that any person accused of child endangerment gets a lawyer immediately. The risk of losing custody, as well as the legal consequences of any drunk driving charge, must all be handled carefully and with great legal skill. Parents who are accused of any criminal activity in the home are at risk of facing charges of child neglect or endangerment. If you are charged with any of these, they come with serious legal consequences if you are convicted. Get help before your case proceeds any further, as your ability to retain custody, as well as your freedom, can be lost.

How We Can Help: Cafferty & Scheidegger in Racine and Kenosha

Our firm’s founder is a highly respected legal professional who has achieved many notable victories in difficult criminal cases. He has been listed in Wisconsin Super Lawyers® for ten consecutive years, rated 10.0 Superb on Avvo, and ranked AV Preeminent® in Criminal Law by Martindale-Hubbell®, as well as being listed in Best Lawyers in America. We represent those who are charged with child endangerment in the communities of Racine, Kenosha, Mt. Pleasant, Caledonia, and throughout Walworth County and other areas of Southeast Wisconsin.

Call us today to discuss your case. We want to hear your side of the story. Police are not always accurate in their assessment of situations, or may not even be acting within the limits of the law. You may be a victim of a rights violation, an illegal stop, or other action that was outside the law. Let our Wisconsin criminal lawyers review the facts in your case as early as possible after your arrest. The sooner our firm gets involved, the more opportunities there may be for your defense. Call now for the professional counsel you need if facing any charges related to child endangerment.


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From our offices in Racine and Kenosha Wisconsin, the criminal defense lawyers at Cafferty & Scheidegger defend the rights of people charged with state and federal criminal offenses throughout Southeastern Wisconsin (Racine, Kenosha, Walworth). If you or a loved one is charged with a crime, contact us today to arrange a free initial consultation with an experienced Racine federal criminal defense attorney right away. For urgent matters, you are welcome to call or text us 24 hours a day at ‪(262) 632-5000.


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The attorneys at Cafferty & Scheidegger have excellent knowledge of the state and federal court system throughout Southeastern Wisconsin. They are aggressive trial lawyers that are recognized for integrity and hard work. Our law firm’s strength lies in our exceptional pre-trial investigation and case preparation. We come to the prosecutor’s office prepared with the facts and ready to help you get the best possible outcome for your charges. Our priority is always to keep you out of jail and avoid a conviction on your record, whenever possible.

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The dedication of the team at Cafferty & Scheidegger to client service and their record of success has earned them listings as Wisconsin Super Lawyer® from 2008 through 2022. In addition, their reputation for high standards has earned them an AV Distinguished rating by Martindale-Hubbell. Cafferty & Scheidegger is backed by more than 28 years of trial skills and courtroom experience.

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