Los Angeles Child Abuse Attorneys | LA Criminal Defense Experts
Child abuse is a crime that society rightly abhors. But abuse allegations are not always fair or clear-cut, and false accusations, ordinary accidents or necessary disciplinary measures can be misconstrued or blown out of proportion, landing innocent people in jail. Unfortunately, those accused of abuse are often treated as guilty until proven innocent. This is particularly devastating for parents who often face two separate proceedings — prosecution in criminal courts and interference with their parental rights in the family law courts.
Takakjian & Sitkoff, LLP was founded in 1987 to help individuals exercise the rights afforded them under the U.S. Constitution. Our lawyers hold prosecutors to their duty to prove their case against you beyond a reasonable doubt. Because we recognize that children are often unwillingly thrown into the middle of the process, we take steps to help you protect your children’s interests as we challenge the assertions of child abuse against you.
California laws governing child abuse
California Penal Code Section 273a defines child abuse as willfully inflicting or permitting a child to suffer unjustifiable physical or emotional pain or endangering the child’s health or safety. It forbids the willful infliction of cruel or inhuman corporal punishment or injury that results in a traumatic condition. Child abuse may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the specific facts of the case and the level of harm alleged. Acts considered abuse include neglect of needs, physical battery, emotional abuse and sexual assault of a child.
Defenses to child abuse charges
Children can be accidently injured in a variety of ways, even under the watch of the most conscientious caretaker. In addition, many abuse cases are built on circumstantial evidence that does not tie the defendant directly to injurious conduct. If there is no physical evidence, accusations may come down to your word against your accuser’s. Our legal team explores every possible angle in your case to develop your defense, including:
- The accusations are false — possibly brought out of retaliation, anger or mistake by an ex-spouse, your child or a third person.
- The injury was caused by an accident or abuse by another person.
- You did not mean to injure your child — the injury happened while you were being a responsible caretaker.
- You were exercising your authority to instill a reasonable level of discipline as a parent, guardian, teacher or another person of authority.
Fight the child abuse allegations against you
For help fighting child abuse accusations, call Takakjian & Sitkoff, LLP at 888-579-4844 or contact us online. At your free initial appointment, our attorneys explain your rights and options under California law. We are available 24/7.