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Washington Child Abuse Charges

Child abuse is a frequent occurrence throughout Washington, and between school administrators, child protective services, and law enforcement officials, many individuals are arrested and charged with this type of violent crime every day.  Child abuse includes such acts as sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, or injury of a child by any person under circumstances which harm the child’s health, welfare, or safety.  Neglectful behavior also constitutes child abuse in many situations where a caretaker fails to provide a child with basic human needs.  One reason so many people are charged with child abuse are because of the laws and regulations placed upon certain professions.  Members of the following professions are required by Washington law to report suspected child abuse:

  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Dentists
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Social Workers
  • Teachers
  • Day Care Workers
  • Law Enforcement Personnel

Any report of child abuse will be received by Child Protective Services who will then determine whether the report raises reasonable suspicion of child abuse or neglect.  If they decide that further action should be taken, they will take measures to investigate the matter further and may visit the child’s home and conduct interviews with the caretaker, child and accused abuser.  If child abuse is suspected after these meetings, the case will go to court and will be turned over to a state prosecutor. The exact consequences for a child abuse conviction differ depending on the seriousness of the injuries suffered by the child, the use of weapons during the commission of the crime, and whether or not the defendant has an existing criminal record. 

Seattle Child Abuse Attorneys: Exceptional Representation

The attorneys at our firm represent Seattle residents who have been charged with child abuse or child neglect.  Certain cases of child abuse are considered to be violent crimes which will only elevate the severity of the charges.  When facing child abuse charges, you will need a Seattle violent crimes lawyer who is capable of professionally and efficiently handling this type of offense.  The attorneys at our law firm have the experience and skills necessary to protect your rights and make sure you are not convicted of this crime.

If you or a loved one has been charged with child abuse, you should immediately contact a Seattle violent crimes attorney who can help!

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