Mounting a vigorous and successful defense to allegations of felony child abuse requires an experienced felony child abuse lawyer. For over 15 years, Vindicate Law has provided aggressive defense in cases requiring criminal defense legal service. The felony child abuse attorneys at Vindicate Law defend the rights of individuals throughout Seattle, Tacoma, and the rest of Washington. Don’t hesitate to call our 24-hour hotline today for a confidential consultation
What is Felony Child Abuse
Felony child abuse encompasses the assault or abuse of any child. When a child is recklessly, negligently, knowingly, or intentionally injured by an act or omission by any person, then that individual can be charged with felony child abuse. Even if the charge could be considered a misdemeanor family violence charge, the majority of states allow a higher charge of felony child abuse or injury to a child to be filed due to a general policy interest in protecting children.
The Penalty for Felony Child Abuse
In most U.S. states, child abuse may be charged as either a felony or a less-grave offense, depending on the particular circumstances. The most severe cases can carry harsh sentences, including felony lifetime sentences, while the comparably less serious cases are judged gross misdemeanors that could potentially result in no prison time.
The punishment will generally be more severe if the offender has a previous record of criminal child abuse activity, and may be reduced if there is no previous record.
For sentencing purposes, an individual charged with child abuse may submit a plea of guilty, not guilty, or no contest. In a great number of cases, sentences can include probation and/or a prison term of up to five years. Sentencing in more serious cases might include a lengthier prison term.
Other possible penalties or consequences can include:
- A lifetime requirement to register as a child sex offender
- The termination of parental rights
- A destroyed reputation
- A criminal record
- Supervised access to the child in question
- Continued involvement with child protective services agencies
Child Abuse Under Washington Law
RCW 26-44-020 defines child abuse and neglect as sexual abuse, injury, sexual exploitation, or negligent treatment or maltreatment of a child by anyone under circumstances which indicate that the child’s welfare, health, or safety is harmed. Abuse and neglect does not include physical discipline of a child as defined in RCW 9A.16.100.
The Felony Child Abuse Lawyer You Need
If you have been charged with felony child abuse, an experienced felony child abuse attorney can help. For over 20 years, Vindicate Law has protected the rights of people accused of committing sexual offenses throughout Seattle, Tacoma, and the rest of Washington State. Our firm can reveal flaws in DNA and forensic evidence, thereby exposing mistakes made by law enforcement. We excel at persuading even the most reluctant juries, and have successfully defended numerous clients charged with sexual misconduct, resulting in acquittals, the dismissal of all criminal charges, and greatly reduced sentences. Vindicate Law can help you clear your name and move on with your life. Call us today for a consultation or contact us online or call (888) 212-4824