Child Abuse occurs when one intentionally inflicts physical, sexual, or mental injury upon a child, commits an intentional act that can reasonably be expected to result in physical or mental injury to a child or actually encourages another person to engage in acts that result or could reasonably result in physical or mental injury to a child. Child abuse is a third-degree felony.
If you are charged with a child abuse related crime, you should seek legal counsel immediately to determine if you have any valid defenses to such an allegation(s). Child abuse can have aggravating factors that can increase your penalties. Commonly, a criminal child abuse case will result in a dependency case being filed if the defendant is also a parent or legal guardian to the victim. Dependency is when a child is abused, abandoned or neglected. Failure to protect your child from abuse is also a criminal offense. Remember that a parent has a duty to protect his or her children from harm.
Criminal defense against child abuse charges
For more information on how to defend yourself against child abuse charges, you can contact the attorneys at Schwam-Wilcox & Associates.
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If you are in need of a criminal defense attorney (lawyer) in Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake or other counties throughout Florida call Schwam-Wilcox & Associates at 407-245-7700, or Contact Us by completing the form below to schedule a consultation. Schwam-Wilcox & Associates is a firm you can trust, and our attorneys are ready to help you with your legal needs. The main office is conveniently located near Winter Park in Orlando, with appointments also available in The Villages.