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How Oxycodone Use Can Lead To Child Neglect Charges

child-neglect-charges_180x120According to an article in WPTV News Channel 5, in West Palm Beach, FL, a woman was arrested and charged with child neglect all because of her Oxycodone and Cocaine use.

The Centers for Disease Control believes breastfeeding is ideal for babies because it is easy to digest and contains antibodies that can protect infants from bacterial and viral infections.

One woman’s breast milk however, led to her arrest. Palm Beach County mother Christen Rando of Tequesta contacted the Department of Children and Family Services to express concerns that her addiction to Oxycodone could be endangering her baby.

DCF sent the baby to Jupiter Hospital for testing, and the tests returned with traces of Cocaine and Oxycodone in the infant.

Rando admitted she had been breastfeeding the child during her drug abuse. She has subsequently been arrested by Palm Beach County officers and charged with child neglect.

Oxycodone Prescription Drug Defense

Oxycodone is a powerful and addictive pain medication that is often abused as recreation. Oxycodone charges include possession of Oxycodone, drug trafficking, racketeering and prescription fraud. These may lead to a mandatory minimum prison sentence of three years or longer, as well as fines and a criminal record that haunts you the rest of your life.

Many Oxycodone offense cases involve false allegations. The police may notice the medication during a routine traffic stop and charge you with possession. If the amount of Oxycodone is over four grams, the police can charge you with drug trafficking. However, neither of these are valid allegations if you have a prescription for the medication or the pills were left over from a former prescription. If you have a prescription, having possession of the drugs is legal.

Consult a criminal defense lawyer who can inform you in more detail about the potential consequences of being charged with drug crimes.

Child Neglect Defense

A person who willfully, or by culpable negligence, neglects a child and in so doing causes great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement to the child commits a felony of the second degree, punishable by 15 years imprisonment and a fine of $10,000.

If you have been accused of child neglect and need some support and information about your circumstances, consult an experienced criminal defense lawyer. A criminal defense attorney will conduct an investigation and help you build your case.

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