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Charge: Assault - State claimed client hit victim with a telephone and broke victim’s nose. However, the client was acting in self-defense.

Verdict: NOT GUILTY

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Child Abuse Laws

Child abuse is the illegal mistreatment of a child. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that child abuse is any act by a parent or other caregiver that results in harm or threat of harm to a child. Charges related to the abuse and maltreatment of a child can have very serious effects on an individual’s social, professional, and personal life.

Child abuse is a serious charge, and it is important to have qualified legal representation in order to protect your rights. If you or someone you know has been charged with maltreatment of a child, call our Houston criminal defense lawyers at Johnson, Johnson, & Baer, P.C., today at 713-523-0404 to discuss your case.

Types of Child Abuse

Child abuse and neglect are serious charges that have varying punishments based on the type of abuse an individual is accused of. There are 4 main types of abuse:

  • Physical abuse: any physical aggression exerted by an adult on a child. This includes punching, shoving, shaking, slapping, kicking, etc.
  • Psychological/emotional abuse: the form of abuse that is most difficult to define and prove. This form of abuse involves an adult harming a child’s emotions or cognitive processes through non-physical means, such as belittling, name-calling, humiliation, etc.
  • Neglect: a form of abuse in which the parent or caregiver fails to provide the child with adequate resources to survive. Neglect can take the form of failing to provide food, shelter, schooling, clothing, affection, and medical attention to the child.

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We realize that child abuse charges are extremely serious and carry severe penalties for those convicted. With the assistance of an experienced Houston criminal defense lawyer, however, you may be able to have the charges against you reduced or even dropped altogether. To discuss your child abuse case with our knowledgeable attorneys, call the law firm of Johnson, Johnson, & Baer, P.C., today at 713-523-0404.