Florida is famous for its humidity and tropical climate, which makes the state a top tourist destination as well as a great place to live. But, in the summer months the temperatures rise quickly, and extra safety measures to avoid heat related accidents must be taken. This is especially true for the elderly and for children, and is a lesson parents should take to heart when thinking about leaving their kids in the car. Social media and other news sources have been flooded with stories about kids left in hot cars recently, and the result for the parent might just be facing criminal charges.

A children’s organization reports that close to 40 kids die annually from being left in a car, even if for just a short period of time. Here are three good reasons not to leave your children in a car when the heat is too much to handle:

  • The temperature inside your car rises faster than outside, making your car’s interior a literal oven. This can cause heat stroke and any other number of heat related medical issues, include death.
  • Leaving a child in a car may result in criminal charges of child abuse being filed against the parent or caregiver, even if the amount of time was short.
  • Along with facing criminal charges for harm done to a child left in a car, a parent risks losing custody of their child in these circumstances. Even if the loss of custody is only temporary, the possibility is very real and not worth taking the chance.

Fighting child abuse charges requires a heightened level of defense. Any time the courts perceive a child is in danger, extra steps are taken to ensure the threat is removed and that the child is safe. And, once the state is involved in the personal life of your child, it is difficult to put an end to the concern. Our team of knowledgeable criminal defense attorneys can help you aggressively defend child abuse charges, and help to keep your family together. Call us today to discuss the facts of your case.

If you or a loved one are facing child abuse charges, call our office to learn your options. Schedule an appointment with an experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. Your first visit is a free initial consultation.