Norwalk Risk of Injury to a Minor Lawyer

Whenever there is a Norwalk arrest for Risk of Injury / Child Endangerment, DCF will get involved. DCF operates separately from the criminal court. However, what is said to DCF investigators, and the outcomes of a DCF investigation can be used against you by the criminal court. Keep reading to learn about the process, and follow this link for specifics on fighting a Connecticut DCF investigation.

What is Risk of Injury to a Minor?

Risk of injury is a serious crime under the Connecticut Penal Code. As defined by Connecticut General Statutes (C.G.S.) § 53-21, risk of injury to a minor can occur in a number of ways. Not often seen is § 53-21(a)(3), which in layman’s terms involves selling a child. More commonly seen is § 53-21(a)(2), having contact with the intimate parts of a minor or causing them to have contact with your intimate parts. Most commonly seen is § 53-21(a)(1), which covers any willful or unlawful action that causes or permits a child to be placed in a situation where their safety, health, or morals are likely to be endangered or impaired.

Is Risk of Injury a Felony or Misdemeanor?

It’s always a felony. In addition to jail time, fines, and probation, those convicted will have a felony record that will follow them for years to come. This record can impede your ability to retain housing, work, and education.

Most risk of injury cases are Class C felonies, carrying up to 10 years in jail and a $10,000 fine. In certain circumstances, it may be charged as a Class B felony. The penalties in this situation doubles.

Does DCF Speak to the Criminal Court & Prosecutors?

Almost always in a Risk of Injury arrest. A judge is always going to want to know the results of your DCF investigation following a Connecticut Risk of Injury CGS 53-21 arrest. A DCF case does not end with jail time, it ends with substantiation or dismissal of allegations. When allegations are substantiated, you may face placement on the DCF Central Registry. A skilled Norwalk defense attorney could help you navigate not only the criminal court but the DCF investigation to make sure you have a solid defense.

How can a Norwalk Lawyer Help Me with My Norwalk DCF Case?

A dedicated Norwalk risk of injury lawyer can begin working immediately to analyze your case, advocate for your rights, and build a strong defense. Depending on the specifics of your case, a lawyer can argue that the conduct did not rise to the level of risk of injury. They can also argue for alternative penalties wherever possible.

Contact a Norwalk Risk of Injury Attorney Today

If you’re being accused of risk of injury to a minor, hiring an attorney can be the first step to protecting you and your family. A skilled Norwalk risk of injury to a minor lawyer can be instrumental in building a defense and getting a positive outcome. Click here to see our hundreds of certified reviews on To learn more, contact the lawyers at Mark Sherman Law today.

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