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Child Abuse in Colorado: Social Services' Symbiotic Relationship with Police

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Social Services in Adams County Works Hand in Hand with the Police

In Child Abuse cases in Adams County, knowledge of Social Services' symbiotic relationship with police is an important fact you must know.  Generally, in any Child Abuse case, social services (Adams County Human Services Center) is involved.  If a child is an alleged victim of sexual assault in Thornton or Commerce City, social services will get a referral from police.  If social services is the first to learn of the allegation, they will make the referral to police.  These two organizations live off, and benefit from each other.  Police want more cases to justify bigger budgets, and social services wants the same.  Consequently, they love to work hand in hand and share everything concerning a case, including any interviews they conduct.

Child Abuse in Arapahoe County - Injury or Threat of Injury to Your Children or Kids

Child Abuse Types in Denver, C.R.S. 18-6-401 - Accused of Hurting Your Child?

There are two major types of Child Abuse in Denver, Colorado: those which cause injury or death, and those which cause no injury. That may sound simple, but it is not. Under each of these two categories, there are several variables which will affect the actual felony child abuse or misdemeanor child abuse charged. Protect yourself and your relationship with your children by getting help now - not later after things have grown worse. Examples of Child Abuse.

Mandatory Reporters for Child Abuse and Sexual Touching in Denver - Counselors and Therapists

Mandatory-Reporters.jpgMandatory Reporters: Counselors in Adams County and Therapists in Jefferson County

Colorado has a law which makes many licensed professionals Mandatory Reporters in Lakewood, Arvada, Golden and all of Jefferson County. This means that if you tell them anything which might mean a child was touched sexually or was in any way abused (even by an accident), they will turn you in to police and Social Services (DHS). Whether it is Child Abuse or not, your family will be impacted severely. Surprisingly, you could be charged with a felony or misdemeanor crime.

Child Abuse - Harm Involving a Kid Under Eighteen - Criminal Defense Attorney

Child-Abuse-Lawyer.jpgChild Abuse is Easy to Allege in Denver

Everyone should understand just how easy it is to be accused of Child Abuse. You don't need to injury your child or purposely cause them harm. From accidents to negligent conduct, grieving parents are often charged with Child Abuse. Let's study this problem further in the blog below.

Colorado's Mandatory Reporters, C.R.S. 19-3-304

Did you know that certain persons listed in a Colorado statute are required to report any suspected child abuse to police or the Department of Human Services? This law, listed a C.R.S. 19-3-304, is a windfall for police and social services, but a huge loss for the privacy and health of men, women and kids across our state. Seeking to charge more men and women in Denver and Jefferson County with Child Abuse, C.R.S. 1818-6-401, Colorado's lawmakers have forgotten about the very people they are supposed to protect: children.

Clergy as Child Abuse Mandatory Reporters in Colorado?

A common misconception is that pastors, priests, rabbi and other clergy are mandatory reporters of child abuse (including sexual abuse) in Denver, Jefferson and Adams County, and across the state of Colorado. Let's look specifically to the law from C.R.S. 19-3-304. While "clergy member" is on the list of mandated reporters, immediately below their listing is the following:

Child Abuse & Assault by Pepper Spray, C.R.S. 18-6-401

Colorado Springs police were recently searching for a man who is accused of assaulting (C.R.S. 18-3-204) a group of children who were bullying his son. The man allegedly sprayed four juveniles with pepper spray, yelled obscenities at them, and chastised them for assaulting his 8 year-old son. While it is unclear at this time whether the El Paso County District Attorney will be pursuing charges against this man, it is likely he will be charged with Assault and Child Abuse (C.R.S. 18-6-401).

Child Abuse Attorney in Denver

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.

Misdemeanor Child Abuse in Colorado: C.R.S. 18-6-301

Most people can agree that when a child is injured at the hands of their parents or another adult, it constitutes Child Abuse under Colorado law (C.R.S. 18-6-401). However, what conduct constitutes Child Abuse when a child is not injured? Unfortunately, the statute is poorly written and leaves a lot of room for interpretation by prosecutors in Adams, Jefferson, and Broomfield County.

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Case Results:

  • Sexual Assault and Rape charges related to divorce. Acquittal from jury trial. Weld County, Greeley, Colorado.
  • Sexual Assault on a Child, Possession of Child Pornography. Acquittal from jury trial. Jefferson County, Golden, Colorado.
  • Arson of Nursing Home. Dismissed by Court on Defendant's Motion to Dismiss. Jefferson County, Golden, Colorado.
  • Felony Drug Distribution. Acquittal from jury trial. Boulder County, Boulder, Colorado.
  • Rape and Sexual Assault charges involving divorce and child custody. Acquittal from jury trial. Douglas County, Castle Rock, Colorado.
  • Burglary and Felony Theft. Dismissed by District Attorney. Arapahoe County, Englewood, Colorado.
  • Theft of Drugs by Nurse. Dismissed by District Attorney. Jefferson County, Golden, Colorado.
  • Sexual Assault on a Child, Position of Trust. Acquittal from Jury Trial. Adams County, Brighton, Colorado.
  • Domestic Violence. Dismissed by District Attorney. Douglas County, Castle Rock, Colorado.
  • Violation of Restraining Order. Dismissed by District Attorney. Douglas County, Castle Rock.

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