Child Abuse And Abandonment Charges?
Child abuse is a serious allegation that can threaten many areas of your life. If you have been accused of child abuse, you should not waste any time enlisting help from child abuse attorneys who understand the complexities of the charges.
McGraw & Strickland, LLC, in Las Cruces, New Mexico, can talk to you about your rights and options in a child abuse case. Call us today at 575-523-4321 to learn more.
Understanding Child Abuse And Neglect Charges
Child abuse can be charged as either intentional child abuse or negligent child abuse.
Child abuse is defined as a person knowingly, intentionally or negligently and without justifiable cause causing or permitting a child to be:
- Placed in a situation that may endanger the child’s life or health
- Tortured, cruelly confined or cruelly punished
- Exposed to the inclemency of the weather
Child abuse is a very serious allegation that not only has the potential of criminal penalties such as jail or prison time, but civil consequences as well such as losing custody of your child and having your paternal rights terminated.
A person who commits abuse of a child that does not result in the child’s death or great bodily harm is, for a first offense, guilty of a third-degree felony; for second or subsequent offenses, the person is guilty of a second-degree felony. If the abuse results in great bodily harm to the child, the person is guilty of a first-degree felony.
If the abuse results in the death of a child, the accused can face anything from a first-degree felony to life in prison.
Abandonment Is Also A Serious Offense
Abandonment of a child is the parent, guardian or custodian of a child intentionally leaving or abandoning the child under circumstances whereby the child may or does suffer neglect. A person who abandons a child is guilty of a misdemeanor, unless the abandonment results in the child’s death or great bodily harm, in which case the person is guilty of a second-degree felony.