Child Abuse Allegations
Plano Domestic Violence Defense Lawyers – 972.330.4331
Texas allows the penalty of an alleged child abuser through both criminal
and family courts. This pits the defendant against both state prosecutors
and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS). Losing
one case nearly guarantees the loss of the other, and so the defendant
has to wage a legal battle on two fronts.
Have you been accused of child abuse in Texas? There is no time to lose
to build your defense. Barbieri Law Firm, P.C. and our criminal defense
attorneys in Plano have the experience, know-how, and tenacity you need
to stand up for yourself and your rights in the face of such fierce opposition.
Reasons why you should choose our law firm for your defense:
- We have over 20 years of combined legal experience.
- Attorney Heather Barbieri is Board Certified in Criminal Law (Texas Board
of Legal Specialization, 2005).
- Past clients praise our law firm in honest testimonials.
- You can call us 24/7 for emergency counsel and representation.
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Penalties for Child Abuse Convictions in Texas
Child abuse can be alleged in many forms. Allegations of physical harm
are just as damaging as those related to mental or emotional abuse. Neglecting
to provide care for a child is also just as illegal as striking a child
intentionally. No matter the details of the alleged child abuse, the penalties
and consequences if convicted are usually the same.
If you are convicted of child abuse, or the DFPS determines you hurt your
child, the following could occur:
- You are sentenced to extended jail or prison time.
- You pay high fines to the state.
- Your child is removed from your custody.
- You lose parental rights over other children not named in the case.
Failing to Report Child Abuse Crimes
It is also a serious crime in Texas to not report suspicions of child abuse
or neglect. For most cases, the law applies directly to professionals
who work with the child or the family, such as teachers, pediatricians,
and daycare workers. However, it could be deemed an illegal action for
one parent not to report the abusive actions of the other. Our Plano domestic
violence attorneys are capable of shielding you from criminal penalties
for not telling the authorities about abuse afflicting your child.
Work with Highly-Acclaimed Legal Defenders – Call 972.330.4331
You have to act fast after being falsely accused of child abuse. Both the
DFPS and law enforcement agencies move rapidly in case a child actually
is in jeopardy.
Contact our law office as soon as possible, tell us what is happening during a
no-cost consultation, and we can tell you what we will do next to help you.