San Diego Child Abuse Defense Attorney
Accused of Abusing a Child in San Diego?
As a Board Certified criminal defense lawyer and passionate advocate for the accused, Attorney Jim N. Dicks understands how much is at stake when facing charges of child abuse. As a former police officer, he utilizes his unique experience on the other side of the law to find and exploit any weaknesses in the prosecution's case as he fights for the rights, freedom, and reputation of his clients.
There is often a bias against those accused of child abuse, and it can be an uphill battle to protect your freedom. It is absolutely necessary that you have a top quality criminal defense lawyer who has prevailed in many difficult criminal trials if you hope to achieve a favorable outcome.
Understanding Your Charges
Under California law, child abuse is the non-accidental means of inflicting the following to a minor:
- Emotional abuse
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Sexual exploitation
Child abuse is a crime that is heavily punished. There is a great deal of attention by state lawmakers to protect children from harm, which is only right. The problem lies in the fact that any report of child abuse, even if unfounded, will immediately create a dangerous legal situation for an innocent person.
A neighbor, doctor, or teacher may have reported suspicious bruising, or consider that the child is dealing with abuse. In fact, under state law, some professionals are required to report any suspicion. Once the wheels of criminal justice are in motion, a parent, relative or other person associated with children could face one of the most frightening experiences of your life.
Act on the Charges Against You Today: Call (619) 377-3722.
While law enforcement, Child Protective Services, and those working within the criminal justice system mean well, and are concerned with protecting children from abuse and neglect, the impact on a person who is wrongly accused is tremendous. The dangers of a criminal trial, the exposure, and the threat of a long term of incarceration with the worst criminals are all very real. In addition to incarceration and fines, you will carry the label and social stigma of a child abuser for your entire life.
Initially, if you are being investigated it is imperative that you retain the services of a skilled child abuse defense attorney before agreeing to speak with any investigator. The purpose of an investigation is to get more evidence with which to justify a criminal charge, not to exonerate you. The attorney will protect you in any questioning by the authorities. The last thing you want to do is unintentionally incriminate yourself by trying to be cooperative. A skilled defense attorney can protect your rights and immediately engage in defense actions. With a full analysis of the evidence, the attorney can advise you of the potential strategy to employ in pursuing a favorable outcome.
Defense Against Child Abuse Charges in San Diego
When facing child abuse accusations, it is imperative that you don't take chances. The quality and experience of your criminal lawyer is the most important issue in the case. San Diego child abuse defense lawyer from JD Law offers a free initial consultation to discuss your legal situation. The attorney will start by offering you honest, open and straightforward legal advice.
You need to know where you stand, legally, and the various defense opportunities that could benefit your case. In any case involving children and criminal acts, whether child abuse or neglect, the threat of losing custody of your children is very real. Get immediate legal counsel from the child abuse lawyer at the firm. Your parental rights, your reputation and your freedom are all at stake. Act now.