The consequences for a conviction for child abuse or endangerment vary widely, depending on a range of factors including the age of the child, the nature of the alleged injuries, the duration of the alleged abuse or neglect, and the defendant’s prior criminal history. Depending on the details of the case, punishment can range from misdemeanor probation to significant prison time.
Being charged with child abuse can be also result in immediate detrimental consequences even before the case goes to trial, and you may face restraining orders and loss of custody and visitation rights, from the time of your arrest.
These cases are often “overcharged” and based on insufficient investigations. In California, a parent is entitled to use physical discipline, so long as it is reasonable. If you are charged with child abuse or endangerment, you need a skilled criminal defense lawyer who will investigate the allegations and provide you with a vigorous defense. Please call Robbi A. Cook at (510) 208-5051 for a free and confidential consultation.