Criminal Law Firm for Child Abuse Defense
It is an extremely dangerous legal problem to be accused of committing a child abuse crime. If you are accused of any crime of child abuse, it is imperative that you have a very high quality Los Angeles child abuse defense attorney on your side.
The final outcome of your case could be based largely upon the skills and trial experience of your criminal defense lawyer. Our legal team is made up of Certified Criminal Law Specialists – a certification that less than 1% of the attorneys in our state have achieved.
We have the highest possible peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, AV® or preeminent in criminal law. We have over 80 years of combined experience, and have gained prominence in the L.A. area for successfully defending difficult or high profile criminal cases.
When we take on a client accused of child abuse, our first step is to listen to you and what happened, and your story behind the charges. We are on your side at all times, and we are prepared to fight for any possible advantage, including negotiating with the prosecutor to reduce charges, filing a motion to get the charges dismissed altogether, or crafting a compelling case for the defense to seek a full acquittal at trial.
If the victim sustained serious injuries, you could be facing a great bodily injury enhancement (GBI) under California Penal Code 12022.7.
Your freedom and your ability to continue a relationship with your child are both at risk. At Cron, Israels & Stark, our child abuse defense attorney can take action to protect you against false accusations, exaggerations of the facts and the penalties that could be imposed upon you if you are convicted.
Will I lose my children?
There is a real possibility of losing custody or visitation with your children in the future if you are convicted of child abuse. You will be forced to register as a sex offender if the charges are related to sexual abuse.
These are very serious legal matters, and if not handled with the highest level of skill, will impact your life forever. Your children may be removed from your home by Child Protective Services. Once removed, it can be difficult to get the children restored to your custody.
The accusations of abuse could be totally false or related to an effort by the other parent to damage you and your reputation. Our legal team knows how to approach defending a charge of child abuse, and you can be confident that your case is in professional hands. We are prepared to discuss your situation at once. The earlier we get involved in defending you, the more options could be available. Call immediately for assistance if you or your loved one is facing charges of child abuse.
Types of Child Abuse
The penalties imposed for a child abuse conviction range in severity, based upon the type of abuse involved. There are many people who are mandated under law to report suspicion of child abuse, including school employees, day care workers, health practitioners and child protective agencies, as well as companies that develop commercial film in which depictions of abuse have been found in film or other media.
A child who has fallen and hurt themselves and has bruising may be believed to have been injured by an abusive parent or other family member. If a report has been filed about suspected abuse, the agencies involved are required to investigate the situation and determine if there is abuse taking place. About 1/5 of all total reports come from teachers, and half of all reports come from these mandated reporters.
These professionals, particularly teachers, are highly likely to report a suspected case of physical abuse if your child arrives at school with bruises, scrapes or appears to be neglected. Neglect can include wearing dirty or inadequate clothing, arriving to school hungry consistently, or other indicator that the child is not being cared for correctly.
Neighbors could believe that there is child abuse occurring, or could even have a personal vendetta against you and report child abuse. There are many circumstances that could lead to criminal charges of child abuse that are unfounded, but being innocent is not enough. Once you are in the system, you must take action to get your name cleared. Our firm represents parents and others who are accused of committing any act of child abuse, including physical or emotional abuse, neglect or sexual abuse. Call Cron, Israels & Stark today.