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Salinas Child Abuse Defense Lawyers

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An accusation of child abuse is a very serious matter in California. Because this offense involves innocent and defenseless children, it is heavily prosecuted and punished. Child abuse generally involves any type of harm or cruelty caused to a child.

Mandatory Reporting in California

Mandatory reporting of such abuse is covered under California law, which instructs people to report such abuses to child protection agencies.

These include:

  • Health practitioners
  • School or daycare employees
  • Social workers
  • Clergymen
  • And others

If you have been accused of any type of child abuse, you should immediately retain the services of a skilled criminal defense attorney.

At The Worthington Law Centre, our Salinas child abuse defense attorneys can provide proficient legal help dedicated to protecting your legal rights and helping you to avoid severe penalties. We have a long track record in the field of criminal defense, through which we have demonstrated the high quality of our legal service.

Request a consultation with our experienced Salinas child abuse defense attorneys online or by calling (831) 704-1852 today.

California Child Abuse Laws

Child abuse is to:

  • Injure
  • Neglect
  • Sexually abuse
  • Or emotionally abuse a child

What Are Examples of Child Abuse?

Many different California laws cover the crime of child abuse.

According to these laws, child abuse can include:
  • Abandonment
  • Neglect
  • Sexual abuse, including lewd and lascivious acts
  • Physical abuse, including inexcusable punishment, willful cruelty, or any type of physical injury
  • Battery
  • Statutory rape

What Are the Penalties for Child Abuse?

Penalties for these various offenses can range from jail time to years of incarceration in state prison.

Examples of penalties include:

  • A year in county jail up to eight years in prison for a conviction of lewd or lascivious acts
  • Up to four years in prison for a conviction of felony battery against a child
  • And up to six years in prison for a felony charge of physical abuse against a child

The Worthington Law Centre’s Team Will Fight for You

Your freedom, future, and reputation can be seriously impacted by a child abuse conviction. Our firm is committed to helping you preserve these things so that you can move forward. To that end, we work vigorously to fully investigate the charges and evidence so that we can fight for the best possible outcome.

Arrange to talk to one of our Salinas child abuse lawyers about your case by calling (831) 704-1852 or by filling out our online contact form.

Notable Cases & Results

  • Dismissed Domestic Violence Allegation
  • Reduced to Misdemeanor; No Jail Time Imposed. Possession of Assault Weapon
  • Probation, Home Confinement and No Sex-Offender Man Accused of Using Craig's List to Contact Minor for Sex
  • Dismissed Rape Charges
  • Probation Molest Victim Charged with Attempted Murder of His Assailant
  • Convicted of Lesser Offense Voluntary Manslaughter
    Coach from Robert Louis Stevenson School Charged with Murder of His Daughter's Boyfriend Convicted of Lesser Offense of Voluntary Manslaughter
  • Misdemeanor Treatment with Probation and No Jail Local Retired Dentist Charged with Felony Child Endangerment Facing a Six Year Prison Term
  • Probation and Only One Strike 18-Year-Old Young Man Facing Six Years in State Prison and Two Strikes
  • Probation 28 Year Old Salinas Man Facing 13 Years in State Prison for Weapons Charges with Gang Enhancements
  • Not Guilty Verdicts Sleep Technician Accused of Touching Patients in a Sexual Manner
    Sleep Technician Accused of Touching Patients in a Sexual Manner Receives Not Guilty Verdicts on All Charges Except One Resulting in a Hung Jury

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