In the State of New Jersey, charges of child abuse are pursued vigorously by law enforcement and punished harshly by the courts, so it’s important that you understand what these charges really mean and how to fight them. Here’s some useful advice from a leading sex crimes and child abuse defense attorney in NJ.
What is child abuse?
The State of New Jersey defines child abuse as the emotional, sexual or physical harm (or risk of harm) to a child under 18 years old caused by a parent or caregiver. This is different from child neglect and carries significantly different penalties.
The penalties for child abuse
The penalties that can result after being convicted of child abuse depend on a range of factors, including the age of the child, whether sexual abuse was committed, the criminal history of the offender and the degree of mental and physical injury done to the child. Jail sentences are often long and can range up to life in prison.
Additional penalties may include:
- Lifetime registration as a sex offender
- Termination of your parental rights
- A permanent criminal record
- No longer being allowed to touch or have any other form of contact with the child
- Continued interaction and cooperation with a child protective services agency
- Ruined reputation, loss of your career and difficulty finding a new job
Because the state regards failure to report suspected child abuse as a disorderly person’s offense, it is vital that you have an experienced defense lawyer on your side as soon as possible to evaluate evidence brought forward by witnesses and build a strong defense.
Facing child abuse charges? You need a defense attorney today
Being convicted of child abuse offenses will have a devastating effect on your life, your career, your family and your reputation. With law enforcement wanting to demonstrate a strong stance against child abuse, it’s easy for your case to get out of control – and you could end up facing heavy fines, lengthy jail time and the lifelong stigma of a sex offender.
That’s why you should speak to former prosecutor, Dennis Calo, today. With over 40 years of experience in the legal system, he has the skills, knowledge and inside understanding of the New Jersey court system to ensure that you get the best defense available.
Your freedom deserves a fight, contact Dennis Calo today and get a free case evaluation.
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