An accusation of child abuse can be devastating to a family, a reputation and a career. Child abuse can mean many different things. There is physical abuse, neglect and/or sexual abuse. All three of these are taken seriously in Minnesota and are aggressively prosecuted. This aggressive prosecution needs to be met with an equally aggressive defense attorney so you receive the best outcome in the case.
The mere accusation of child abuse can impact your job or your license as a daycare provider, nurse or physician. You need an attorney familiar with these additional consequences. Any accusation needs to be meet with a strong defense.
WHAT REALLY HAPPENED?
There are many times when a person who is accused of child abuse did not commit the crime. Are you in the midst of a difficult divorce? An ugly custody battle? An individual might try to get their way by accusing another of abuse. Expert testimony might be used to look for signs of “coaching.”
Any type of child abuse is serious, but a conviction for sexual abuse of a child in the form of statutory rape or child molestation can place a person on the sex offender registry. This means that each time you would move into a new neighborhood, the neighbors would be informed of the sex offense conviction. Individuals could also find your photo and information through the Internet.
Even after a plea or conviction, there is much to be done with registration, the registration period and lesser charges. There are times when the charges can be reduced. This is what an experienced attorney can do for you. Your attorney should advise you, fight for you, educate you, and give you the advice that you need. Your rights will be protected and you will be given options to choose from that can affect the outcome of your case. You want to be involved in the outcome, but your attorney will act on your behalf, never leaving you alone or left to wonder in the process.
CONTACT A MINNESOTA CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY
Child abuse is a serious crime that has long-term consequences for the child. A conviction results in long-term consequences for the accused, such as prison time, fines, rehabilitation, and registration as a sex offender. If you or a loved one has been accused of child abuse, it is important to seek the help of a defense attorney.