Child Abuse and Neglect Charges in Denver
Fighting for Your Rights as a Parent
Everyone has their own idea of what constitutes the proper upbringing of a child, and nobody knows more than a parent how eager others will be to offer - or force - their opinion of what should be done with children. Unfortunately, this can sometimes go beyond a minor annoyance or intrusion on privacy and turn into a situation in which you are being charged with a misdemeanor or felony crime. If you are accused of committing some type of abuse or neglect, you may be facing a sentence that could include time in jail or prison, steep fines and a lengthy probation.
CPS Removal after Child Abuse and Neglect Allegations
In addition, you may face consequences from Child Protection Services. For example, criminal charges for abuse or neglect may prompt CPS to investigate and subsequently remove your children from your custody and place them in foster care, in addition to ordering you to attend parenting classes before you can request to have your children back. Allegations of child neglect or abuse can throw your entire life into disarray and tear your family apart. Don't let this happen to you. Hire a criminal defense lawyer to fight for your rights as a parent and to clear your name of the charges.
Colorado's Child Abuse Statute
The child abuse law, Colorado Revised Statutes §18-6-401 (2012), "Child abuse," is quite broad. It prohibits causing injury to a child's life or health, as well as doing anything that would permit the child to be at risk of injury. The statute also prohibits engaging in a continued pattern of conduct that results in malnourishment or lack of proper medical care, in addition to inflicting cruel punishment, mistreatment or an accumulation of injuries that leads to the serious bodily injury or death of the child. Much of this is open to interpretation and the subjective opinion of the accuser.
Speak with a Denver Criminal Defense Attorney
For example, the "lack of proper medical care" provision could expose you to prosecution if you prefer alternative medical treatment whereas a school official or other person strongly believes that your child should be taking prescription drugs. Child abuse is charged as either a misdemeanor or felony depending on the circumstances of the offense and the severity of injury suffered by the child. We know how much is at stake for you and your family, and we want to fight for you.
To learn about the specific penalties you could receive and to begin working on a strategy for your case, contact us now at M. Trent Trani & Associates, P.C. for a confidential consultation.