Child Abuse Defense in Houston: Brazoria, Ft. Bend, Galveston, Harris & Montgomery Counties
Cases of child abuse are varied, and some parents or caregivers may not even be aware that some of their actions may be constituted as child abuse. There are some instances where child abuse is evident, such as in cases where sexual abuse is involved. There are other times when state or federal authorities deem a case as child abuse when the defendant had no intention of harming the child. In either case, the charges and sentences can be severe and can lead to major disruptions in the life of those accused.
One of the clearest forms of child abuse is sexual abuse. Continuous sexual abuse consists of two sexual acts being committed with a minor within the span of 30 days. The sentence for this type of crime is 25 to 99 years in prison. Other forms of abuse against a child include:
- Indecency involving a child: When sexual acts are conducted in the presence of a child it is a second-degree felony.
- Abandonment or endangerment: If a child younger than 15 was abandoned in a dangerous situation, it is considered abandonment. If a person had no intention of returning to the child then it is charged as a third-degree felony. If the person clearly did intend to return, it is charged as a state jail felony.
- Injury of a child: When a parent or caretaker allows a child to become seriously injured, whether knowingly or through negligence, it is charged as either a state jail felony or a second-degree felony.
All Cases Are Not Created Equal
A charge of child abuse can be defended against by a skilled attorney. An attorney will often examine the aspects of the case to see where mistakes may have been made. If another person reported the alleged abuse, there may be a question as to whether or not that person was correct in their reporting. It is possible that the accuser might have had ulterior motives for making the claim. The prosecution also has to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the parent or caretaker was negligent and that this caused the child to be injured.
Starting with a Strong Defense
The Law Office of Greg Tsioros works to aggressively defend clients in their pursuit of a fair case. Greg Tsioros has worked as a prosecutor and brings these skills to the table with every case he handles. He is able to build a solid defense that is based on having personal insight into prosecution procedures. A free consultation can be received by calling 832-752-5972.