Under Wisconsin State law, child abuse laws seek to protect children from physical abuse such as intentional or reckless bodily harm; mental or emotional abuse, which may include humiliation, belittlement, threatening or bullying; and sexual abuse.
Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Charges
Whomever commits these acts upon a child may be subject to misdemeanor or felony charges depending on the circumstances. The law extends to persons responsible for the child’s welfare who fail to take action resulting in harm to the child when that person has knowledge that another person intends to cause, is causing or has caused physical, mental or sexual abuse. Any person who is responsible for a child’s welfare who, through his or her actions or failure to take action, intentionally contributes to the neglect of the child may be found negligent if a child is harmed.
Falsely Accused of Child Abuse in Wisconsin
Public awareness of child abuse has grown resulting in more reports made to law enforcement and child protection agencies. Many times, these accusations are unsubstantiated or exaggerated, but nevertheless charges may be filed. If you have been accused of child abuse or neglect in Wisconsin, the consequences can be very serious with convictions resulting in jail or prison terms, fines, and the loss of child custody.
Experienced Waukesha Child Abuse and Neglect Defense Lawyer
Contact our experienced criminal defense attorneys if you or a family member has been accused of child abuse, neglect or a child sex crime. At D’Angelo & Jones, LLP, we defend men and women throughout southeastern Wisconsin who are either under investigation for or have been charged with criminal violations. We are an AV-rated* law firm with a commitment to helping individuals fight criminal charges.