Child Abuse Charges Are Taken Very Seriously.
It is essential that you have the best legal help available for your protection because the government will do whatever it takes to obtain a conviction. Your best defense is a fearless attorney with a reputation for not backing down.
The Court Cannot Assume Wrongful Intent
The Michigan Court of Appeals recently addressed child abuse charges. People v Derek Adam Henry, a case decided on September 22, 2015, found the defendant not guilty of knowingly and intentionally causing a child’s death. The evidence showed that the defendant was a loving and attentive parent. There were frequent trips to pediatricians. The only questionable testimony was that the defendant believed the child to be suffering from an illness but was recovering. There was no evidence to show that the defendant’s decision not to seek medical care was the cause of harm to the child. The prosecution tried to argue that the child’s death proved that the defendant intended to harm the child. The Court determined that you cannot assume wrongful intent simply based on a tragic outcome.
In this case, the government prosecuted parents who had just lost their child for child abuse charges. The government did not present evidence they were terrible parents. This case was a tragic example of overstepping by the prosecutor. This type of overreaction by the Government is why you need to have an expert defense attorney help protect you and your rights.
Defending Those Falsely Accused
Not all unsubstantiated reports of child abuse are accurate or truthful. Sometimes, reports are filed in good faith when a daycare accident or a misinterpreted event occurs between an adult and a minor. In other cases, a doctor, a school counselor, or a therapist may make assumptions about an injury and mistakenly believe there was child abuse. The most concerning circumstances are when a parent, usually during a divorce, falsely claims their spouse was abusive or committed a domestic assault to gain an advantage in family court or custody. Our veteran child abuse defense lawyers will investigate where these allegations came from, determine if the allegations were spurious, and build a strong defense against the charges.
Your Best Defense Against Child Abuse or Neglect Charges
The government takes prosecutions of crimes involving children very seriously. Prosecutors almost blindly charge parents and caretakers with child abuse charges if there is any allegation of wrongdoing towards a child. The government often does not take the time to realize that there are other reasons that an injury, or even death, could occur. Because the government is so aggressive with these cases, you must have the help of an experienced child abuse defense attorney who is not afraid to “go to war” with a prosecutor focused on a conviction. These cases are ugly, and no one wins unless your lawyer is willing to do whatever it takes to get you the best possible outcome.
You must have someone in your corner that can guide, assist, counsel, and advocate zealously for you. The attorneys of LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. have decades of experience successfully representing people facing child abuse and other felony and misdemeanor criminal charges. The firm’s attorneys understand that compassion is also part of the representation expected of them. LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. has a remarkable record of success in all areas of criminal defense.
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