The social stigma that comes with being accused of abusing a child – even before any of the evidence is in – can be intense. A conviction for child abuse comes with criminal penalties and only makes the social stigmatization even worse. That's why it's so important to have a strong criminal defense attorney like William Beck at your side if you get charged for child abuse in Colorado.
Colorado's Child Abuse Laws
Colorado's child abuse laws are some of the state's most unique criminal statutes. Not only do they make it illegal to act in certain ways, they also make it illegal to not act in other ways. This can lead to some unfortunate surprises.
On the one hand, it's illegal to actively hurt or otherwise harm a child's health. This can happen in lots of different ways, and Colorado's child abuse laws prohibit a lot of different things.
For example, it's considered child abuse to “engage in a continued pattern of conduct” that harms a child. This includes a pattern of cruel punishment or mistreatment or a build-up of injuries that causes serious pain or injuries. Additionally, it can be child abuse if that pattern of conduct causes a child to be malnourished or leaves them without medical care.
An assortment of other conduct can lead to child abuse charges, as well, like making illegal drugs in the same house as a child.
However, in Colorado, you don't even have to do anything to commit child abuse. If you allow a child to get into a situation that unreasonably threatens them, this can lead to a child abuse charge. Needless to say, this can create situations where you could face a charge for child abuse even though you had no way of knowing what was going on.
Criminal Penalties for Child Abuse
The penalties for child abuse in Colorado are not small. Unfortunately, they're also not simple, either. Instead, the penalties that you could face depend on how badly the child was hurt, whether you intended to hurt the child or not, how old the child was, how you and the child were related to each other, and whether you've been convicted for child abuse in the past. Even the lightest penalties, however, involve a stint in jail and a significant fine.
Child Abuse Defense Attorney William Beck
If you've been accused of abusing a child, you need legal help. Having a solid criminal defense attorney at your side throughout the process can ensure that your rights and interests are protected. It also prevents the prosecutor from walking all over you in court. This is especially important when the criminal charges against you are for child abuse. A conviction carries significant legal penalties and leaves you marked as a proven child abuser for years afterward.
Contact the Colorado Springs law office of William Beck online or at 719-301-5979 for the legal defense you need.