CHILD NEGLECT CHARGES
Being charged with Child Neglect can carry serious prison time. These types of charges can be very difficult to fight due to the stigma that attaches to someone charged with neglecting a child. Even if you are not guilty, just being charged with this crime can have a huge impact on your life. I will fight your case vigorously from day one.
I will make sure your rights are protected from overzealous prosecutors and law enforcement. Let my experience guide you and inform you of the best way to proceed. I will fight to make sure that you are treated fairly in court and given a chance to tell your side of the story.
With the possibility of prison time and/or losing your rights to your child, you need an experienced lawyer to stand by your side and fight for you.
What is Child Neglect?
Child Neglect occurs when a parent or anyone responsible for the child fails to provide adequate nurturance and affection, food, clothing, shelter, sanitation, hygiene, or appropriate education, medical, dental, or behavioral health care, supervision or appropriate caretakers, or special care made necessary by the physical or mental condition of the child. Child Neglect also occurs when a parent or anyone responsible for the child fails to protect the child from exposure to the use, possession, sale, or manufacture of illegal drugs, illegal activities, or sexual acts or materials that are not age- appropriate. Lastly, child neglect occurs when a parent or anyone responsible for a child abandons the child. Under Oklahoma law, the definition of child neglect is very broad.
Simply put, if you neglect a child that you’re responsible for then you can be charged with Child Neglect.
Potential Punishments for Child Neglect Charges
Child Abuse is a felony in Oklahoma. The punishment for Child Abuse is up to LIFE in prison or up to 1 year in the county jail and/or a fine of $500 to $5,000.
If you are convicted of Child Neglect you can also lose your parental rights to your child(ren).
If you have prior felony convictions then your range of punishment can increase significantly from what is listed above. Call today to schedule a free consultation and I can better explain the range of punishment your may be facing and any defenses you may have.
Possible Defenses to Child Neglect Charges
Child Neglect charges usually arise because the Department of Human Services has gotten involved with the family or the parents were arrested on drug charges and the children were present. Both situations can have many different defenses depending on the circumstances. Sometimes, if you work a treatment plan with the Department of Human Services we can get the Child Neglect charges reduced or even dismissed. This is just but one option that may be available. I will work hard to find the weaknesses in the prosecutor’s case.
If you have been charged with Child Neglect call now to schedule a free consultation. I will work hard to find all or your possible defenses to try and get your charges reduced or even dismissed. If a trial is your best option I will passionately argue your case to the jury. If pleading guilty is your best option I will negotiate the best plea deal with the prosecutor.