Child Abuse Attorney in Florida
Chapter 827 of the Florida Statutes covers the various criminal offenses that involve abuse and/or neglect of children. Because of the young age of the alleged victims of these offenses, you can imagine that the Office of the State Attorney aggressively prosecutes suspected child abuse offenders. The following are the child-related offenses that may be charged under Chapter 827:
- Child abuse (mental or physical)
- Aggravated child abuse
- Neglect of a child
- Unlawful desertion of a child
- Sexual performance of a child
- Contributing to the delinquency or dependency of a child
- Misuse of child support money
Florida criminal defense lawyer Stephen G. Cobb has extensive experience defending clients facing various types of child abuse charges in a wide range of situations.
Child Abuse Has Serious Penalties
If you are convicted of one of the above offenses, you may find yourself sentenced anywhere from one (1) year in jail to 40 years in state prison, depending on the severity of the offense and any alleged aggravating factors. In addition to penal consequences, certain types of child abuse convictions can have other long-lasting effects on your life. For example, if you are convicted of any sexually-related offense you will likely be required under Florida law to register with the state as a sex offender. Registration means that your personal information including name, address, place of employment, sexually-related conviction, and more will be available online to anyone via a simple Internet search. Additionally, since the sex offense involved children, there will likely be limitations on where you may work, live, or even travel.
In addition to sex offender registry, child abuse convictions may limit professional opportunities, such as disqualifying you for jobs as a healthcare provider, child care provider, foster parent, and more. You may also lose custody or visitation rights to your own children, even if they were not the alleged victim in your case. In short, child abuse convictions may have far-reaching consequences that may have a significant effect on your life.
Contact an experienced Florida criminal defense attorney as soon as possible Seeking representation from a highly skilled criminal defense attorney who understands the Florida criminal justice system is imperative if you are facing child abuse allegations. At the Cobb Criminal Defense Law Firm, attorney Stephen G. Cobb and his legal support team are committed to protecting the rights of those accused of child abuse and other violent crimes. We will build an aggressive defense in every individual case, so please call us today at 850-423-0035 to protect your rights and freedom.
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