Child Injury Criminal Defense Lawyers in Hampton Roads
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Have you been accused of child abuse in Virginia? Knowing what to do next can be overwhelming. You might not even know what options are available to you or how the legal system works in such cases. That’s why it’s critical that you have an experienced criminal defense attorney who knows the law and understands how the legal system works in Virginia.
Our dedicated Norfolk, VA criminal defense attorneys at Welch & Wright, PLLC can be there for you every step of the way. We understand the sensitive nature and the urgency of such complex legal cases. Our trial lawyers also have extensive courtroom experience handling such challenging cases in the greater Hampton Roads area. As a result, we won’t waste a second getting right to work on your legal case.
Common child injury criminal charges
Child injury criminal charges in Virginia may involve domestic violence, which is a form of assault and battery involving family members. These types of child abuse cases are covered by Virginia Code 18.2-57.2 (Assault and battery against a family or household member).
However, child injury criminal charges can also involve other allegations of child abuse, including:
- Sex crimes involving children (which can involve a minor under the age of 15 to 18 years old depending on the situation and the age of the person charged by police)
- Athletic coaches accused of abusing children
- Teachers accused of hurting or abusing students
- Youth group leaders accused of injuring children
- Church leaders (including priests and ministers) accused of harming children
Penalties for child abuse in Virginia
The penalties for a child injury conviction in Virginia can vary widely since the charges can cover a wide range. Depending on which criminal charge you have been convicted of in Virginia, such penalties can include:
- Mandatory registration on the Virginia Sex Offender Registry, which sex offenders are required to register with, and which is a public record available to anyone searching for a registered sex offender.
- Jail time, which can vary widely from a few days to many years in prison, to even life term.
- Permanent criminal record.
- Loss of job and limited future employment opportunities, especially if your criminal conviction involving a child injury or child abuse appears on a criminal background check conducted by a prospective employer.
- Fines issued by the court for your criminal conviction.
In short, your entire life could be turned upside down if you are convicted and found guilty of child abuse or another child injury-related criminal charge in Virginia.
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Schedule your free case evaluation today with a Norfolk, VA child abuse defense attorney who knows how to handle such complex legal cases. We understand the sensitive nature and urgency of your case. That’s why we want to get right to work with you.