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.
If you have been accused of child abuse, there is no time to lose to build your defense. with a dedicated domestic violence attorney. A Plano child abuse defense lawyer has the experience, know-how, and tenacity you need to stand up for yourself and your rights in the face of such fierce opposition.
Penalties for Child Abuse Convictions in Plano
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 of a conviction are generally the same. If you are convicted of child abuse, or if 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.
Because child abuse offenses carry heavy penalties, it is crucial to begin building your defense with a lawyer in Plano as soon as possible after your arrest.
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 attorneys are capable of defending and shielding you from penalties for not telling the authorities in Plano about any abuse afflicting your child.
Securing Your Future with an Experienced Team
Reasons why you should choose our law firm for your defense:
- We have decades 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.
Start your defense against child abuse allegations with a consultation.
Work with Highly Acclaimed Plano Child Abuse Defense Lawyers
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.