San Antonio Child Abuse Lawyer
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Child abuse is considered as any act or decision by a parent or caregiver
that results in the harm, potential for harm or the threat of hard to
a child. This mistreatment can be physical, sexual or emotional and can
take place in the child's home, school or community. Convictions of
child abuse carry some of the heaviest penalties on both state and federal
levels due to the age and condition of the alleged victim. For help defending
yourself against child abuse charges contact a San Antonio
criminal defense attorney from our firm.
Child abuse can take a variety of different forms. The most common include
neglect, physical abuse, emotional abuse and sexual abuse. Physical abuse
of a child involves physical aggression at the victim by the particular
adult. Any intentional infliction injury or actions that may place the
child at a known risk of injury or danger is considered illegal and punishable
by the law. Sexual abuse is considered as using a child for the stimulation
of sexual desires by an adult. Whether or not the sexual act is consensual,
as long as the child is a under the age of 14, the adult is subject to
severe legal consequences. You can read more about
sexual abuse of a child here.
Neglect or failure of a parent or guardian to provide a child with needed
food, shelter, medical care or safe environments is considered child abuse
and subject to prosecution. Failure to supervise a child to the degree
that the child's health, safety and well-being are at the risk of
harm is considered negligence on the part of the supervising adult. Emotional
abuse of a child involves social or psychological deficiencies in the
development of a child due to the result of hostile behavior from a parent
or guardian. This may include loud yelling, rude behavior, intentional
ignorance, harsh criticism and denigration of a child and their personhood.
Regardless of the form of child abuse, accusations under this category
carry a natural lean towards the accuser rather than the accused because
of the helplessness and weak nature of the child involved.
Protect Your Rights and Freedom
Child abuse is considered a felony offense in Texas. Depending on the severity
of the crime charged, convictions of child abuse can carry a sentence
of anywhere from 180 days to 99 years in prison. Prosecution of alleged
child abuse offenders is ruthless and aggressive. Adequate defense against
such charges requires the most skilled and experienced criminal defense
attorneys. At The Law Office of John J. Fox, we understand the seriousness
of being accused of child abuse and
domestic violence. Our attorneys and staff are committed to working tirelessly to see our
clients through the various and complicated elements of a trial and we
are determined to see their rights and interests protected.
Ultimately, what it comes down to for our firm is a devotion to providing
the best defense available in our area to our clients. We believe that
in providing tough, aggressive legal representation to each client, no
matter what they are being charged with.
If you have been accused of child abuse, it is in your very best interest to
contact a San Antonio criminal defense lawyer from The Law Office of John J. Fox to discuss your situation and schedule a