Under current Colorado law, a person can be charged with Child Abuse under C.R.S. 18-6-401. The first step for anyone charged with the crime of Child Abuse in Arapahoe, Douglas, or Denver County is to call a criminal defense immediately. Child Abuse convictions will have a devastating impact on your future and any chance to work with children or in the medical profession.
As an example, imagine you are the parent to a 6 year old girl. One day, she begins acting up so you use corporal punishment and spank her on the bottom with a wooden spoon. After you finish, her bottom is red from where you disciplined her. Did you know that in Jefferson, Adams, and Weld County, the red mark on her bottom is enough to charge you with Child Abuse? It is absolutely ridiculous. Parents can hardly discipline their own children anymore without someone, or some group, being involved and telling the parent how to discipline. A parent should have the right to train their child the way they would like. The parent knows the child best and can adapt their personal style of discipline to be the most impactful upon the child’s development.
Another situation which has been interpreted as Child Abuse by the police in Aurora, Denver, and Lakewood is when a parent leaves their children alone in a car for any period of time. It could be 5 minutes, 1 minute, or even when someone is watching the children through the windows of the car. For instance, you go inside to pay for your gasoline and are gone from your car momentarily. The police show up, cite you with abusing your child or neglect, and you now are fighting the government.
I wish I could say that cases like these are rare, but they are not. The District Attorney’s in El Paso, Larimer, and Gilpin County prosecute these types of cases daily against people for Child Abuse or neglect of a child. And a conviction of this type can take a heavy toll on your life. You could lose your job, have custody of your children changed, or even potentially lose your children. The government prosecutes cases without regard to your personal situation or the true well being of your kids.
Because the government doesn’t care about you or your children, you need someone on your side. The Attorney’s at O’Malley Law Office fight daily against the Arapahoe, Douglas, and Denver District Attorneys. So, if you or a loved one have been charged with Child Abuse, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and call the lawyers at the O’Malley Law Office at 303-731-0719. Together, we can protect your future.