Looking Closer at Child Abuse
Child abuse and neglect, according to The Federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, can refer to either of the following:
- “Any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation”
- “An act or failure to act which presents an imminent risk of serious harm”
The consequences of a child abuse or child neglect conviction can be very severe. A conviction could result in jail time, limitations in child visitation, obligatory counseling, loss of gun privileges, probation, or even a serious prison sentence. Child abuse involving injuries or weapons is considered to be a felony, so if a court finds you guilty of child abuse, you could quickly see your life changed for the worse.
If you’re facing charges or are under investigation for domestic violence, including child abuse, you should not attempt to resolve the issue by yourself. Any communication you make with the victim could mean more charges against you. Of course, every case is different and, in many cases, the outcome will depend on a complex legal investigation.
Strengthening Consequences of Child Abuse and Domestic Violence
The Texas legislature has worked toward beefing up its prosecution domestic violence laws, which incorporates child abuse statutes. As a result of this action, law enforcement and the state’s court system have enacted new policies. Also, prosecuting attorneys now play a prime role when it comes to enforcing new and existing laws related to domestic violence and child abuse. In fact, it isn’t uncommon for prosecutors to file charges against the suspected abuser and seek justice for the alleged victim—even if said victim wishes to not play a role in the investigation. In these instances, the State seeks criminal charges against the alleged abuser.
If you are accused of child abuse, it could severely affect your reputation and rights as a parent. This being the case, it is of the utmost importance to seek legal counsel and representation from an attorney as soon as possible if you are facing allegations of domestic violence or child abuse. If you are in a sticky situation, let us help you through this difficult time in your life. Call us at (972) 939-4878 for a free consultation today.