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Child Abuse Lawyer

If you have been accused of Child Abuse, Aggravated Child Abuse or Child Neglect contact a Criminal Defense Lawyer from Viacava & Cantor so we can immediately begin to defend you on this sensitive legal matter.

When criminal allegations involve a child victim the emotional component of the situation can become overwhelming. A conviction for Child Abuse can carry with it long term legal and social ramifications that can alter your life in extremely negative ways. An experienced Fort Myers Child Abuse Attorney from Viacava & Cantor can guide you through the process and in doing so can alleviate some of the great stress that accompanies a charge of this nature.

Child Abuse Criminal Charges Explained

The three main criminal charges relative to the abuse of children in the State of Florida are: 1) Child Abuse; 2) Aggravated Child Abuse; 3) Child Neglect. All three of the crimes vary both in the maximum allowable sentence as well as the set of facts a Prosecutor will be required to attempt to prove at trial.

  • Child Abuse is a third degree felony.  Third degree felonies are punishable by a maximum of five years in prison.  Child Abuse is statutorily defined as knowingly or willfully abusing a child without causing great bodily harm, permanent disability or permanent disfigurement to the child.
  • Aggravated Child Abuse is a first degree felony.  First Degree Felonies are punishable by a maximum of thirty years in prison.  Aggravated Child Abuse is statutorily defined as committing an aggravated battery on a child OR Willfully torturing, maliciously punching, or willfully and unlawfully caging a child OR knowingly or willfully abusing a child and in so doing causing great bodily harm, permanent disability or permanent disfigurement to the child.
  • Child Neglect can either be a second degree felony or a third degree felony. Second degree felonies are punishable by a maximum of fifteen years in prison while third degree felonies are punishable by a maximum of five years in prison. Second degree Child Neglect is statutorily defined as willfully or by culpable negligence neglecting a child and in so doing causing great harm, permanent disability or permanent disfigurement to the child.  Third degree Child Neglect varies from second degree Child Neglect in that the alleged neglect for a third degree Child Neglect charge does not result in great harm, permanent disability or permanent disfigurement to the child.

Child Abuse Criminal Charges Explained

The lawyers at the Fort Myers based Criminal Defense Law Firm of Viacava & Cantor handle Child Abuse cases throughout the State of Florida.  The Criminal Defense Law Firm of Viacava & Cantor is located in Fort Myers with close and convenient access to all other areas in Southwest Florida including Naples, Cape Coral, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel, Captiva and Marco Island. Call a lawyer from Viacava & Cantor at 239-672-8934 for a free consultation to discuss the specific facts of your case.

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