Child Abuse Charges in Florida
Child abuse is the criminal act of causing physical, mental, or emotional damage to a minor (person below the legal age). Because the victims of child abuse cases are minors, the people who commit these offenses are usually subjected to immediate prosecution and enhanced legal penalties. When people are arrested for child abuse, their criminal charges will depend upon: their prior criminal history, if they have committed prior violent crime offenses, if the child sustained bodily injuries during the abuse, the extent of the child’s injuries, and the type of abuse that was committed.
Child abuse is categorized as a violent crime. A violent crime is a criminal act involving the threat or use of force/violence. In most violent crime cases, violence is used as a means to an end, meaning people use violence to obtain a certain outcome. In the state of Florida, violent crimes can be categorized as misdemeanors or felonies. However, all violent crimes involve harsh legal consequences if people are convicted of them.
Tampa District Attorneys Mean Business
Like all violent crime cases, child abuse cases are always vigorously prosecuted by Florida law enforcement. District attorneys are eager to obtain convictions for child abuse offenses. Once a person is convicted of child abuse, he/she may have to spend time in jail or prison, pay fines, or be placed on probation. The legal penalties are very severe. For this reason, it is always a good idea for people to hire an experienced violent crimes attorney when they have been charged with child abuse.
If you have been charged with child abuse in Tampa Bay or a surrounding area, contact our law firm today for your initial consultation.