Do you need a Criminal Defense Attorney in Fresno? If you have been arrested or charged with child abuse, it is essential to obtain legal counsel for help right away.
What is Child Abuse?
Child abuse is broadly defined in California to include any type of cruelty inflicted on a child, such as mental abuse, physical abuse, sexual assault or exploitation, and neglect.
Child abuse can be charged against any adult, not just the child’s parents. It is typically charged against someone who has a child under 18 in their care. Child abuse can be charged if any of the following are true:
- An adult sexually abuses or exploits a minor
- An adult inflicts willful cruelty or unjustifiable punishment on a minor
- An adult willfully inflicts physical injury on a minor
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Penalties for Child Abuse
As a Misdemeanor
Child abuse is charged as a misdemeanor if there was no possibility of death or great bodily injury to the child. The penalties can include up to one year in county jail and/or a fine up to $1,000.
As a Felony
Child abuse can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony if there is a risk of death or great bodily injury to the child. It is up to the prosecutor which one it is charged as. If charged as a felony the penalties can include 2, 4, or 6 years in a California state prison and/or a fine up to $10,000.
Sometimes judges will sentence the defendant to probation if convicted of child abuse. This could either be misdemeanor probation or felony probation, depending on how the case was prosecuted. When sentenced to probation, the defendant will do little or no jail time. There could be other conditions the defendant has to abide by such as restraining orders, counseling, or random drug testing.
Have you been legally accused of committing child abuse? If you have been arrested or charged with a crime, it is essential to obtain legal counsel for help. It’s important to take your charges seriously. Don’t just hope for the best. Hire an attorney who understands your situation and the consequences you face.
Your Defense Attorney for Child Abuse Charges
I’m Mark A. Broughton and I’m here to fight for you. I have been a defense Attorney for 40+ years and have represented thousands of people accused of crimes. I have extensive experience representing citizens charged with Felonies, sex crimes involving minors, violent crimes, and crimes involving great bodily injury to name a few.
About Mark Broughton:
Compassionate, highly experienced, exceptional reputation, ethical and honest:
Mark Broughton has been practicing law for over 40 years. He estimates that he has conducted over 200 jury trials – everything from DUIs, drug cases, sex cases, domestic violence, assaults, “three-strikes,” dozens of cases involving criminal street gangs, gun/deadly weapons, drive-by shootings, robberies, attempted murders, and murders, including special circumstance murder cases.
He has received many outright Not Guilty verdicts for his clients in all of these types of cases, including several murder cases – at one time between 2005-2007, the jury found his clients Not Guilty in four separate cases in a row.
Mark Broughton is qualified as a death penalty lawyer and is on the special circumstances/death penalty panel of attorneys in Fresno, California, where he is regularly appointed to special circumstances/death penalty murder cases by the Fresno County Superior Court.
- Certified Specialist Criminal Law, State Bar of California
- Board of Trustees, State Bar of California
- Chairman, Fresno County Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
Mark Broughton enjoys close relationships with his clients. He sees every individual’s situation with compassion and empathy and believes that every person has the right to a fair trial and is innocent until proven guilty.
Above all, he enjoys helping reunite his clients and their families during and after dealing with perhaps the most difficult time in their lives, going through the challenging criminal process with them.