Charges of criminal child abuse have the potential to rip apart a family. These charges entail the careful attention of a dedicated defense attorney who has resolved similar cases with success. Any person facing child abuse charges enters a harsh criminal justice system that will paint him or her on merely allegations as a villain.
If you have been charged of committing the offense of child abuse in Florida, it is imperative that you speak to our expert attorney at the Law Office of John Vernon Moore P.A.
Child abuse in Florida
Florida Statute § 827.03(2)(c) explains child abuse as an act of intent that can physically or psychologically harm a child, or an act that could be expected to harm a child. It may also be almost any person’s active encouragement to commit an act that results in or could reasonably be expected to result in a child being physically or mentally injured.
Child abuse doesn’t have to come from a parent, legal guardian or other person entrusted with the well-being of the child; what could constitute a battery of misdemeanor on an adult victim can be charged as child abuse if the victim is under the age of 18.
If a first-time offender in Florida is found guilty of child abuse, he or she may face up to a maximum of 15 years in prison. If no serious bodily harm or permanent disfigurement or disability has occurred, this offense is charged as a 3rd degree felony. Penalties may include a $10,000 monetary penalty, too. If the defendant has been convicted twice before on charges of aggravated child abuse, however, the punishment becomes harsher. The defendant can then face a prison sentence of at least 15 years, or more.
Trying to accuse a child abuse spouse is a common strategy used by many people in a divorce, custody dispute or in a messy domestic breakup. A charge of child abuse or conviction on your record can have a lasting impact on your future.
If you have been accused of child abuse in Florida, call to talk to a criminal defense attorney at the Law Office of John Vernon Moore P.A right away. We know how to investigate these serious accusations, and we are ready to help you fight to protect your parenting rights and your future.
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