What if I’m accused of child abuse?
One of the worst things that can happen to someone is to be accused of a crime he or she didn’t commit, and when the allegations involve child abuse, it can be doubly devastating. These charge are very serious, and the courts have a tendency to be tougher on defendants convicted of child abuse. This means that defendants should retain legal counsel as soon as possible after the arrest so they have someone to walk them through this frightening and oftentimes overwhelming process.
Child abuse allegations are common in contentious divorce cases where the parents are fighting over custody. In some cases, these allegations may be viewed as a way to swing the court’s decision in favor of one party. In others, the accusations may be seen as a way for someone to get back at the defendant by tarnishing his or her reputation in the community. There have even been situations where the children themselves have falsely accused the defendant.
The reality is that once you have been accused of child abuse, it can be an uphill battle that demands experienced, knowledgeable legal representation. These cases often get media attention due to their scandalous nature, and that can mean unwanted attention from reporters and a stigma from your friends and neighbors.
The penalties of a child abuse conviction are very serious and can mean the defendant must serve jail time, pay fines, attend counseling or perform community service. There is also the chance that the defendant may be banned from owning any guns or be prohibited from working in any fields that require contact with children or other at-risk populations. At Scott M. Brown & Associates, we understand how serious these charges are and work hard building a strong defense strategy on your behalf.