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:
- 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
- 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.