In California, allegations of abusing or neglecting a child are taken very seriously; if convicted, you will face severe penalties. At The Justice Firm, we work diligently to protect clients accused of child abuse from a conviction, and the serious consequences that may result. We know that due to these types of cases often being over-publicized, jurors and the public in general often have a pre-determined notion that the accused individual is guilty. We urge anyone who is accused of this criminal offense to consult with a reputable Los Angeles child abuse attorney immediately.
Unfortunately, jurors often favor a child when a case involving child abuse or even child sexual abuse goes to trial. Even when you have not been arrested or charged but are under investigation, an accusation is a very serious matter. Regardless of the stage of your case, it is important to secure the legal guidance and representation of a capable and aggressive criminal defense lawyer who will fight vigorously to protect you from an unfair conviction, and defend your legal rights. Today more than ever before, parents and guardians are being wrongly accused of abusing children in their care.California Criminal Penalties for Child Abuse
Child abuse is considered a "wobbler" offense under California Penal Code 273d PC, which means it may be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony. How it is charged in your situation depends on your criminal history, and the details of your specific case.
If charged as a misdemeanor offense, penalties will be less severe and may include up to one year in jail. However, if you are charged with felony child abuse and convicted, you may be sentenced to two, four, or six years in prison. An individual with a previous conviction for child abuse may face an even longer prison term.
In addition to serving time, you may face fines of up to $6,000 if convicted of felony child abuse. Neglect will potentially leave you facing consequences which include up to one year in county jail, and fines of up to $2,000.
You can see why it is so critical to secure the services of a seasoned defense attorney who will work to protect your freedom.Contact The Justice Firm Today for Outstanding Defense in Your Los Angeles Child Abuse Case
Child abuse takes many forms, including sexual, physical, or emotional injury of a child. A conviction not only leaves the accused individual facing potential loss of his or her freedom and substantial fines, but a ruined reputation as well. Other serious consequences may include loss of custody of your children, and possibly your career. You must have a capable and effective Los Angeles child abuse defense lawyer who can place doubt in the minds of jurors, and secure positive results.
Being accused of child abuse is stressful, often taking an emotional toll on the accused. It is urgent you put the turmoil aside, and contact a qualified attorney right away. Contact The Justice Firm today for a free consultation at (310)914-2444.