FAILURE TO PROVIDE FOR A CHILD

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A parent or guardian has certain duties they owe to a child in their care. Adequate care constitutes nurturance, affection, food, clothing, shelter, sanitation, hygiene, and appropriate education, medical care, supervision and appropriate caretakers, and any special care that the child might physically or mentally need. The duty to provide medical attention means that the parent or guardian must provide medical treatment in the manner and on the occasions that an ordinarily prudent person, who is concerned for the welfare of a child, would provide. A parent or guardian is not liable for failing to provide medical attention for every minor or trivial complaint that a child may have. A guardian is a person having custody or control of a child.

Oklahoma Statute

The statute for Failure to Provide is OKLA. STAT. tit. 21 § 852(A), which states “Unless otherwise provided for by law, any parent, guardian, or person having custody or control of a child as defined in Section 1-1-105 of Title 10A of the Oklahoma Statutes who willfully omits, without lawful excuse, to furnish necessary food, clothing, shelter, monetary child support, medical attendance, payment of court-ordered day care or payment of court-ordered medical insurance costs for such child which is imposed by law, upon conviction, is guilty of a misdemeanor; provided, any person obligated to make child support payments who willfully and without lawful excuse becomes delinquent in said child support payments after September 1, 1993, and such delinquent child support accrues without payment by the obligor for a period of one (1) year, or exceeds Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) shall, upon conviction thereof, be guilty of a felony which is punishable in the same manner as any subsequent conviction pursuant to the provisions of this section.

Any subsequent conviction pursuant to this section shall be a felony, punishable by imprisonment for not more than four (4) years in the custody of the Department of Corrections or by the imposition of a fine of not more than Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00), or by both such fine and imprisonment. As used in this section, the duty to furnish medical attendance shall mean that the parent or person having custody or control of a child must furnish medical treatment in such manner and on such occasions as an ordinarily prudent person, solicitous for the welfare of a child, would provide; such parent or person having custody or control of a child is not criminally liable for failure to furnish medical attendance for every minor or trivial complaint with which the child may be afflicted.”

Elements of the Crime

In order to be convicted of Failure to Provide in Oklahoma, the prosecution must prove each of the following elements beyond a reasonable doubt. The criminal defense attorneys at Cannon & Associates are FIERCE ADVOCATES for every client and will hold the government to their burden in your case. In order to be convicted of this crime; the government must prove:

1) a parent, guardian, person having custody or control of a child under the age of 18;

2) willfully;

3) without lawful excuse;

4) omitted to furnish necessary food, clothing, shelter, monetary child support, medical attention, payment of court-ordered day care, or medical insurance for that child;

5) as imposed by law upon the parent, guardian, person having custody, or control of the child.

Oklahoma Jury Instruction #4-40A.

What the Skilled Lawyers at Cannon & Associates Can Do For You

Being charged with Failure to Provide in Oklahoma is a serious matter. The Oklahoma criminal defense attorneys at Cannon & Associates are Fierce Advocates for Families and Freedom and will fight for you! At Cannon & Associates, we have extensive criminal defense experience, and will be with you every step of the way. We will take care to explain the issues and options to get you to your desired result and support you in this difficult time.

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