Those whose roles are to care for the mentally or physically disabled are held to high standards when it comes to meeting the responsibility given them. When a person knowingly acts in a manner likely to be injurious to the physical, mental, or moral welfare of a person who is unable to care for himself because of mental disease or defect, they can be charged with a disorderly persons offense in New Jersey under N.J.S.A. 2C:24-7, Endangering the Welfare of an Incompetent Person.
A disorderly persons offense is the equivalent of what most states categorize as a misdemeanor, and you can go to jail for up to six months if convicted. You’ll also face fines of up to $1,000, and run the risk of civil action by those you are accused of victimizing.
It’s important that you get experienced legal help right away in any criminal matter, but when your career is on the line, don’t hesitate. Call Matthew Reisig today at 732-625-9661 for a free consultation with an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney.