Child Neglect

I Was Charged With Child Neglect In Florida. Will I Go To Jail?

Child Neglect in Florida occurs when a caregiver willfully or by culpable negligence fails to:

  1. Provide a child with the care, supervision, and services necessary to maintain the child’s physical and mental health that a prudent person would consider essential for the well-being of the child; or
  2. Make a reasonable effort to protect a child from abuse, neglect, or exploitation by another person.

What Are The Penalties For Child Neglect In Florida?

Child Neglect is classified as a Third Degree Felony in Florida.  If convicted, you are subject to the following penalties:

  • Up to five (5) years in prison.
  • Up to five (5) years of probation.
  • Up to $5,000 in fines.

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