CHILD ABUSE EXPLAINED BY OUR ALBUQUERQUE CHILD ABUSE LAWYERS
“Safety and security don’t just happen; they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear.” – by Nelson Mandela.
In New Mexico, a physically abused child is a child:
- Who has suffered or is at risk of suffering serious harm because of inaction by his or her parent, legal guardian, or custodian.
- Who has suffered physical abuse by his or her parent, legal guardian, or custodian.
- Whose parent, legal guardian, or custodian intentionally, negligently, or knowingly placed the child in an unsafe situation.
- Whose parent, legal guardian, or custodian knowingly or intentionally tortured or punished the child.
Physical child abuse includes any sexual abuse or physical injury that is not accidental, including bruising, malnutrition, use of controlled substances or illegal drugs during pregnancy, etc.
It is a felony to intentionally inflict serious physical harm upon a child. This includes committing, permitting, or encouraging prostitution, performing sexual acts on a child, assault resulting in serious bodily injury, showing reckless disregard for a child’s life, failing to report a child as missing, and abandonment of an infant.
The Child Abuse and Neglect Act requires people who suspect a child is abused or neglected to report to the Children Family and Youth Department (CYFD). Failure to report is a misdemeanor carrying up to a year imprisonment and/or $1000 fine.
Felony child abuse carries a penalty from 18 months to life imprisonment and fines from $5,000 to $17,500, depending on the seriousness of the crime.
Experienced Albuquerque Child Abuse Lawyers understand that the repercussions of a conviction of child abuse extend even further than the sentence of incarceration, and include ostracization, loss of reputation, and employment.
WHAT TO DO
Telling the truth often is not enough. The court and prosecutors tends to err on the side of caution for any crime involving a child. Skilled Albuquerque Child Abuse Lawyers will be able to place the burden of proof on the accuser and show the alleged offender’s innocence.
Finding the Right Albuquerque Child Abuse Lawyers
For more information, contact our Albuquerque child abuse lawyers with Twohig Law Firm at (505) 898-0400.