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The offense of Endangering the Welfare of a Minor in Arkansas is punishable at three levels. Arkansas Code §§ 5-27-205 to 207 cover these offenses. Anyone charged with these offenses should consult with an attorney and read the statutes thoroughly. The highlights of the different statutes are below:

  1. Endangering the Welfare of a Minor in the First Degree (5-27-205). This offense is a Class D Felony. This crime  involves purposeful conduct on behalf of the accused to either put their child in substantial risk of serious physical injury or death, or to abandon a minor (less than 10 years) in a manner that causes a risk of serious physical injury or death.
  2. Endangering the Welfare of a Minor in the Second Degree (5-27-206). This offense is a Class A Misdemeanor. This crime involves a defendant knowingly engaging in conduct that creates a substantial risk of serious  harm to the physical or mental welfare of another person known by the defendant to be a minor.
  3. Endangering the Welfare of a Minor in the Third Degree (5-27-207). This offense is a Class B Misdemeanor. This crime involves a defendant recklessly engaging in conduct that causes a substantial risk of serious harm to the physical or mental welfare of another person known by the defendant to be a minor.

Many parents or guardians that are not generally in the criminal justice system can find themselves charged with one of the above offenses for a single accident or mistake. It is important to consult with an attorney if you are charged with the above offenses as sometimes the offense level can be reduced or the offenses dismissed based upon the facts in the case.

Justin Eisele is an attorney and shareholder at Eisele & Huffman, P.A. He is a former deputy prosecutor and handles all matters related to criminal law. As a prosecutor he handled DWI, Drug, Theft, and numerous other types of charges. Call for a free consultation at 501-315-5293.


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