Penalties for Negligent Childcare

Leaving a Child Unattended in a Car

Nevada is notorious for its hot summers. Pair triple digit temperatures with busy parents, and it’s no surprise that a number of children are left unattended in cars each year. Usually this is unintentional, and no lasting harm comes to the child. Nonetheless, the parent may be charged under NRS 202.575 for leaving a child unattended in a car.

It’s happened to many parents at some point. While trying to juggle responsibilities, something important sometimes gets overlooked. More than one parent has accidentally locked a child in the car with their keys. A call to a locksmith or the police is usually enough to remedy the situation. Still, some parents may face criminal charges under NRS 202.575.

Whether you accidentally left your child unattended or left the car for just a moment with the intention of hurrying back, you can still be charged. Fortunately, the criminal defense firm at the Potter Law Offices can help you craft a defense that could get the charges against you reduced or dismissed.

A Nevada criminal defense attorney might argue that conditions were actually safe when the child was left unattended. As long as the keys aren’t in the ignition and the weather isn’t too severe, it’s perfectly legal to leave a child in your car.

Other defenses to NRS 202.575 may also apply. Contact the Potter Law Offices to have your case evaluated.