Tampa Child Abuse Defense Lawyers
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.
If you have been charged with child abuse in Tampa Bay or a surrounding area, contact our law firm today for your initial consultation.
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.
Contact our firm if you would like a free and confidential case evaluation.
Our experienced and successful criminal defense attorneys discuss the violent crimes criminal justice process and what it entails.
You may know nothing about the criminal system and may be confused on what to do next. You need an attorney who can guide you through the entire process.
You won't be able to look into all the possibilities alone. We're well-versed in criminal law and can provide you with a strong strategy to turn the odds in your favor.
We've been working in the courts for a long time and have developed positive relationships with all the people you may face, which can help improve your chances.
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Unlike a prosecutor, your criminal defense attorney can spend the time to build a strong case to help get your charges dismissed or your penalties reduced.