Child Endangerment Charges Are Serious, But Not All Allegations Are True

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jan 14, 2024 | 0 Comments

Giovanni Impellizzeri is accused of the unthinkable. According to news accounts, the 25-year-old New Jersey elementary school custodian allegedly posted videos of himself urinating and spitting on school cafeteria cooking utensils, rubbing his genitals on food, and performing sex acts with inanimate objects at the school. Authorities charged the man with third-degree aggravated assault, two counts of third-degree tampering with food products, third-degree endangering the welfare of a child, third-degree attempted endangering the welfare of a child, and second-degree official misconduct. He was later charged with the distribution of child pornography and possession of child pornography.

Impellizzeri's alleged actions are horrific. But anytime an adult allows a child to be placed or remain in a dangerous, unhealthy, or inappropriate situation, they can face child endangerment charges. A conviction of child endangerment can have serious repercussions. If you are facing child endangerment or other charges of harming a child in New Jersey, you need an experienced defense attorney to ensure your rights are protected. Contact us at 888.535.3686 or through our online form to schedule your consultation.

Defense for Those Accused of Child Endangerment in New Jersey

Some accusations of child endangerment are based on a misunderstanding or exaggeration by disgruntled staff or ex-partners. In some cases, they are outright false claims. The Lento Law Firm employs various legal strategies to build a strong defense for our clients when falsely accused of child endangerment. We begin with a thorough investigation of the evidence and consider whether the charges are related to ongoing custody disputes or issues related to parental rights. We will scrutinize witness statements, examine any physical evidence, and review the prosecution's case for weaknesses or inconsistencies. If there are witnesses involved, we may challenge their credibility, question their motives, or look for inconsistencies in their statements or evidence that contradicts their testimony. We may argue that the accusations are false or based on misunderstandings. This could involve presenting evidence that suggests an innocent explanation for the alleged actions.

Depending on the nature of the allegations, we may call upon expert witnesses to testify. For child endangerment cases, this could include experts in child psychology, social work, or medical professionals who can provide an alternative interpretation of the evidence or question the validity of the prosecution's claims.

We may also challenge the legality of the search and seizure that led to the discovery of evidence. If there were violations of the Fourth Amendment, any evidence obtained illegally may be deemed inadmissible in court.

In some cases, we may negotiate with the prosecution to reach a plea deal. This could involve reducing charges, securing a more lenient sentence, or agreeing to alternative forms of resolution. If applicable, we may explore mental health defenses, such as arguing that the accused was not in control of their actions due to a mental disorder.

Facing Child Endangerment Charges? The Lento Law Firm Can Help.

A child endangerment charge is a serious matter that can result in significant criminal penalties and even the loss of parental rights. If you are facing child endangerment charges, contact a criminal defense lawyer with the Lento Law Firm today to discuss your case and your legal options. Contact us at 888.535.3686 or through our online form to schedule your consultation.

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Joseph D. Lento

"I pride myself on having heart and driving hard to get results!" Attorney Joseph D. Lento passionately fights for the futures of his clients in criminal courtrooms in New Jersey and nationwide. He does not settle for the easiest outcome, and instead prioritizes his clients' needs and well-being. With unparalleled experience occupying several roles in the criminal justice system outside of being an attorney, Joseph D. Lento can give you valuable behind-the-scenes insight as to what is happening during all phases of the legal process. Joseph D. Lento is licensed in New Jersey and New York, and is admitted pro hac vice as needed nationwide. In the courtroom and in life, attorney Joseph D. Lento stands up when the bell rings!


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