Child Abuse in West Palm Beach
Penalties for Child Abuse
The Florida legal system takes all forms of child abuse seriously, and if you are convicted, you will face heavy penalties. Under chapter 39.01 of Title V in the state statues, abuse is defined as "any willful act or threatened act that results in any physical, mental, or sexual injury or harm" to a child. If the act causes the child to suffer physical, mental or emotional damage, the court will apply strict punishments, whether the abuse was an act of commission or omission.
The law recognizes several forms of child abuse, and depending on the circumstances, you may be charged with either a misdemeanor crime or a felony crime. In either situation, you may be incarcerated for months or years and be required to pay steep fines.
Your sentence may include mandatory counseling during a period of probation. Parents who are convicted of child abuse may have their parental rights terminated or suspended. If you have been charged with child abuse, whatever the circumstances, you need to meet with a seasoned West Palm Beach criminal attorney as soon as possible to get started on a strategy for resolving your case.
Skilled Criminal Defense Lawyer in West Palm Beach
At The Law Offices of Phillip T. Ridolfo, Jr., I am a firm believer in the principle that you are presumed innocent until proven guilty. I will do everything possible to have your charges dropped or reduced, in order to preserve your reputation, your freedom and your future.
Child abuse cases can be especially difficult for the accused, given the high potential for emotional suffering when family relationships are threatened by the intervention of the criminal justice system. When you come to my firm, you will receive caring and dedicated support from me, and I will personally be available whenever you need me.
I am ready to help you fight your charges, so contact my firm today.