Los Angeles Child Abuse Defense Lawyer
Defending Those Falsely Accused of Child Abuse
Child abuse carries with it a strong social stigma that can blind or bias
those considering or presiding over the case. The idea of physically harming
a child may elicit such angry disapproval from people that facts may be
overlooked or entirely ignored, and what equates to a modern day witch
hunt may follow. Right here in California, the famous
McMartin preschool trial serves as a fairly recent reminder as to the sort of undeserved nightmares
false accusations can bring upon an individual. Due to the severity of
the accusations, though, a child merely hinting at some sort of abuse
may serve as enough evidence for an arrest to this day.
Child abuse does not even need to include physical abuse. Neglecting a
child in a way that causes difficulty in his or her life, or damages his
or her health or wellbeing, is considered abuse punishable by law. Furthermore,
emotional harm from treating the child with intentional malice may be
considered child abuse. With this in mind, it is clear to see how people
may be accused of abusing a child without there being a scrap of evidence
to be found, especially a bruise or a scratch.
If you are being accused of child abuse and you feel it is unjust or uncalled
for, you need to act right away to start defending yourself from the slurry
of accusations that are sure to follow. Retain an experienced Los Angeles
criminal defense attorney from the Law Offices of Robert M. Bernstein today.
Penalties for Child Abuse in California
Punishments for child abuse can be severe, even in cases where the defendant
was only charged with emotional abuse and nothing physically harmful.
If you are facing child abuse charges, you
need to get representation now from a criminal defense attorney that can help
you understand the harshness of the penalties you could be facing if convicted, such as:
Jail time: Under California penal code § 273a, minimum convictions of child abuse
can include anywhere from one to six years of jail time. Under certain
circumstances, first time offenders could be facing even more time behind
bars, up to twelve years.
Registering as a sex offender: If there is reason to believe that the abuse you were accused of may have
been sexual in nature – or if it hints at any sexual depravity,
child-related or not – you may have to register as a sex offender.
Registration may last for the rest of your life and could be kept on public record.
Destruction of reputation: Even if you are acquitted of all charges, being accused of child abuse
may utterly destroy your reputation and defame your name, potentially
costing you in ways you may not have expected, such as lost job opportunities.
With a professional criminal defense lawyer on your side, you may avoid
going to court altogether and save your reputation.
I’ve Been Accused of Child Abuse and I Need Help
No matter the circumstances of the allegations or the case, you still have
your rights as an American citizen and as a defendant.
The Law Offices of Robert M. Bernstein exclusively represent those accused of criminal charges, and Attorney
Bernstein takes pride in upholding the law and providing justice for those
who need it most.
Don’t accept the charges as your only option and allow your life to fall to pieces.
Do retain an experienced criminal defense attorney today and start building
a strong case.
Securing the wellbeing of your future starts
Call to discuss your charges.