Child Abuse Accusations

Seek Legal Representation in San Diego for Criminal Accusations

In many cases, child abuse, like other domestic violence cases, are treated as “emergency” situations by court, leading to quick action. This makes finding a criminal defense lawyer especially crucial, because as the clock is ticks, you need to ensure your rights are defended. Child abuse accusations are serious, and defendants often face serious penalties that could negatively affect their career, financial wellbeing, and personal life if not properly represented.

Attorney Timothy Richardson understands the distress and frustration that follows after being accused of a child abuse crime. At The Law Offices of Timothy J. Richardson, our attorney listens to each client without judgement, delivers honest legal advice, and works diligently to defend against criminal accusations.

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Defining Child Abuse Charges

Legally, child abuse is a category of domestic violence, which is defined as any violent conduct between spouses or partners, family members, or people residing in the same household. Domestic violence may by a physical injury, or the threat of injury.

California defines child abuse as any type of cruelty inflicted on a child. There are also provisions within child abuse laws that require adults with access to children, such as doctors and teachers, to report signs of abuse. Failure to report abuse may be charged as a misdemeanor, and result in up to 6 months in jail and fines of up to $1,000.

Child abuse typically falls into one or more of the following categories:

  • Mental abuse
  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Exploitation
  • Neglect

If charged with physical abuse of a child, the defendant is typically also charged with assault and battery.

The Repercussions of Child Abuse Charges

Following the emergency hearing, it is mandatory that the court hold a full hearing or trial. The goal of this hearing or trial is to ascertain whether or not the child abuse occurred. If deemed guilty, penalties include extensive prison time, steep fines, probation, the loss of custody of the child, restraining orders, scheduled visitation with the child, therapy, or even removal of all parental rights.

Choose the The Law Offices of Timothy J. Richardson

When facing serious criminal charges, the most important thing you can do for yourself is hire a legal representative who will aggressively defend your rights. Not only does Attorney Timothy J. Richardson have more than 20 years of legal practice, he has a legacy of success at trial which he will use to work to your advantage.

At The Law Offices of Timothy J. Richardson, we will listen to your charges and thoroughly research and investigate your case to ensure everything possible is done to protect your future.

Contact The Law Offices of Timothy J. Richardson to begin building your defense.


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