There has been a surge of incidents involving the death of children left in hot, unoccupied cars. Many of these incidents result in charges brought against the child’s parent, guardian or other caretaker. Not all states have specific laws designed to target this growing concern. Each state has different laws governing this issue. It is important to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney in your state to learn about the different laws affecting you.
Most recently, in Atlanta, a father whose son died after being left in a hot vehicle was charged with murder. The twenty-two month old child was reportedly left in the car for several hours while the father was at work. Currently, the father is being held without bond and is facing the death penalty stemming from a charge of malice murder. The charges brought against the father focus on the twenty-two month old child’s death and the physical pain suffered prior to death. Court filings and testimony seem to show that the incident did not arise out of an accident or mistake, but rather that the father had abandoned the child in an effort to attain a childfree life. Evidence gathered by authorities includes explicit conversations between the father and six women during the course of the workday and more importantly, the father’s inaction upon returning to his vehicle and seeing his child.
Currently, Florida has a law to deal with cases involving children under age six that are left unattended or unsupervised in motor vehicles. In Florida, it is illegal and therefore a crime to leave a child unattended or unsupervised in a motor vehicle if it could cause great bodily harm or permanent disability to the child. Those in violation of this law could face various penalties including a noncriminal traffic infraction punishable by a fine ranging from $100 to $500 or a felony charge punishable by a sentence of five years to life in prison.
If you have been charged with a criminal offense for leaving a child in a car unattended or unsupervised, contact a criminal defense attorney in your area. An experienced criminal defense attorney can resolve your legal matter and provide you with the best possible outcome. Contact our team of experienced attorneys at Pagan & Stroleny, P.L. to learn more about your legal options and see how we can resolve your Miami-Dade or Broward county case. Call us today at 305-615-1285 to schedule a free consultation or visit us at www.pslaw.org for more information.