Michigan Child Abuse Allegations
Legal Defense from a Michigan Criminal Sexual Conduct Attorneys
In Michigan, child abuse is defined as any type of physical or mental harm to a child, reckless actions, failing to act thereby causing harm to a child, or committing an act that poses an unreasonable risk of harm or injury to a child. These charges are taken very seriously and many are categorized as a felony.
Numerous implications may result from an allegation of child abuse, including a Child Protective Services (CPS) investigation, a filing of a petition to terminate parental rights, registration on Michigan's Central Registry of Abuse and Neglect, and more.
The State of Michigan classifies child abuse into four different degrees:
- First-degree child abuse: It is considered a felony and is the most serious charge. It is punishable by up to life in prison.
- Second-degree child abuse: It is a felony punishable by up to ten years in prison for the first offense.
- Third-degree child abuse: It is a felony punishable by not more than two years in prison.
- Fourth-degree child abuse: It is a high-court misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.
To discuss your case further, contact us to speak to our Michigan sex crimes attorneys.
Doing Everything in Our Power to Effectively Defend Clients
Due to the stigma that such allegations carry, defending a claim can be extremely difficult; however, it is critical that you find an experienced Michigan criminal sexual conduct lawyer right away. We can take on your case, protect your rights as a person innocent until proven guilty, and work towards the outcome you need.
At Law Offices of Shannon M. Smith, P.C., we have over ten years of experience fighting for the rights and best interests of our clients. From carefully reviewing police and child protective services reports, to consulting with doctors and other experts, we will do everything in our power to defend you against any manner of child abuse accusation.
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