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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

  • Probation and Only One Strike 18-Year-Old Young Man Facing Six Years in State Prison and Two Strikes
  • Receives Misdemeanor Treatment 19 Year Old Developmentally Disabled Mexican Immigrant Charged with Forcible Rape and Facing Prison and Deportation
    Receives Misdemeanor Treatment After Attorneys Argue He Had Been Denied Due Process of Law
  • Probation and Not Required to Register 21 Year Old College Student Facing Years in Prison and Lifetime Registration as a Sex Offender
  • Not Guilty 23 Counts of Insurance Fraud and Perjury
  • Probation 24 Year Old Salinas Man Facing 7 Years in State Prison for Bank Robbery
  • Probation 26 Year Old Man Facing over 7 Years in Prison
  • Probation 28 Year Old Salinas Man Facing 13 Years in State Prison for Weapons Charges with Gang Enhancements
  • Not Guilty of All Charges 46 Year Old Hollister Man Facing Life in Prison for Alleged Child Molestation
  • Not Guilty of All Charges 46 Year Old Hollister Man Facing Life in Prison for Alleged Child Molestation
  • Not Guilty Verdict Armed Robbery

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  • “The hard work, your time, your perseverance, your dedication and your efforts, helped in the end result of Emma’s Case.”

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  • “I can’t express enough how satisfied I was with your services and your professional staff. ”

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  • “Worthington law firm worked at providing the highest quality of professionalism and attention to detail that I needed to prove my innocence and to win my case.”

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  • “On behalf of my entire family, thank you so much, Brian, for your amazing efforts and superhuman compassion as you shepherded us through this awful experience.”

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  • “I personally feel you did a superb job, and I thank you once again. ”

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  • “This has been anxiety-filled process, but we could not imagine having hired a better firm to get us though this process. Our gratitude for everything.”

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  • “Successful results with my criminal case that was my concern.”

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  • “From the very beginning of my legal tribulation, Mr. Brian Worthington and his team- showed genuine interest.”


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