San Fernando Valley Child Abuse Lawyer
Being charged with abuse of a child is a serious and difficult problem that requires the assistance of an experienced and well informed criminal defense lawyer. In a jury trial, the jury generally favors the child and that is why it is very important to retain the services of an aggressive, intelligent, persuasive child abuse defense attorney.
We have the necessary knowledge, skill and strategy to effectively represent you in a child abuse case. In a child abuse case, it is vital to act quickly and intervene at the early stages of the process.
Child abuse is defined by California Penal Code Section 273d which makes it a punishable crime to inflict corporal injury or punishment on a child. This does not include spanking due to a parent’s right to discipline his or her child as he or she sees fit.
The crime is a wobbler meaning that it may be charged as either a felony or misdemeanor depending on the severity of the abuse and other surrounding circumstances such as priors and criminal history.
If prosecuted as a misdemeanor, the maximum sentence is one-year in a county jail and a $6,000 fine. If prosecuted as a felony, it carries a California State Prison sentence of two, four, or six years and the same maximum fine.
As your Child Abuse Lawyer in Van Nuys we will assert any and all defenses applicable on your behalf. We will aggressively fight and do everything we can to get the best possible results. Set up a FREE case evaluation.