Jacksonville Child Abuse / Child Neglect Lawyers
At Arnold Law Firm, our attorneys have successfully litigated dozens of criminal child abuse cases in Jacksonville, Green Cove Springs, St. Augustine, and Yulee. If you've been arrested for Child Abuse or Child Neglect in Florida, you may face serious misdemeanor or felony criminal charges. Florida law defines a child as any person under the age of 18 years old. Abuse can fall under the categories of physical abuse, neglect, sexual abuse and emotional abuse. Physical abuse is a non-accidental injury to the child and can include kicking, striking, burning, biting, or any action that results in a physical impairment of the child. Sexual abuse and exploitation also fall under child abuse. Neglect is when a child is deprived of adequate food, clothing, shelter, medical care, or supervision. Neglect can also constitute the misuse of child support monies. Standards of reporting have also been instituted in Florida to make law enforcement aware of any child abuse or neglect.
Contributing to the delinquency or dependency of a child is also a crime that falls under child abuse. Allowing a child to have a house party where alcohol will to be served to underage persons is a crime that the parent or guardian can be arrested for. Adults can also be arrested for buying beer and liquor for a minor. A person 21 years old or older who impregnates a child under 16 years of age can be charged with child abuse. Finally, a person can be arrested for failure to pay child support in Florida.
There are many available defenses to a child abuse or child neglect arrest in Florida or Georgia. For example, sometimes a child will lie to get an adult in trouble because of a minor argument. An experienced crimina l defense attorney can investigate on your behalf to get the charges dismissed, reduced, or otherwise favorably resolved. Call Arnold Law Firm today for help with your child abuse or child neglect arrest. We have offices in Jacksonville, Florida, and Brunswick, Georgia, and are ready to assist you with all of your criminal defense needs.