Facing Child Abuse Charges in Phoenix?
Child Abuse Cases in Arizona
Allegations of child abuse can change a person's life, even if he or she is never found guilty. People are often judged harshly when they are accused of abuse. In addition to losing contact with their children, many face criminal charges. At Suzuki Law Offices, we defend people against violent crime charges in Arizona. Our criminal defense attorneys are dedicated to achieving the best possible results for clients, offering the support and guidance they need during this difficult time.
If you or someone you love was arrested for child abuse, please contact our Phoenix defense attorney at Suzuki Law Offices. We are available 24/7 to review your case in a free initial consultation.
Arizona Child Abuse Laws
Under the law, several different actions can be categorized as child abuse. According to Arizona Revised Statutes § 13.3623, an individual can be charged with child abuse if they cause a child to suffer physical injury, cause or permit a child to be injured while under their care, or cause or permit a child to be placed in a situation where their well-being is endangered.
Under the law, any of the following actions would be considered abuse:
- Knowingly neglecting or abandoning a child
- Inflicting injury or allowing a child to be injured
- Sexual conduct with a minor or sexual exploitation
- Bringing a child to an area where drugs are produced
- Causing the unreasonable confinement of a child
- Causing serious emotional damage to a child
Is Child Abuse a Felony or Misdemeanor?
In Arizona, child abuse is a felony; however, the charges can range from a class 6 felony to a class 2 felony, depending on the case. For example, if the abuse is likely to produce injury or death, the defendant will face more serious charges.
When child abuse is likely to produce death or serious physical injury:
- If the abuse was intentional, the offense is a class 2 felony
- If the abuse was reckless, the offense is a class 3 felony
- If the abuse was criminally negligent, it’s is a class 4 felony
When child abuse is not likely to produce death or serious physical injury:
- If the abuse was intentional, the offense is a class 4 felony
- If the abuse was reckless, the offense is a class 5 felony
- If the abuse was criminally negligent, it’s a class 6 felony
What is the Penalty for Child Abuse?
- Class 6 felony – up to 1.5 years in prison and $750 to $150,000 in fines
- Class 5 felony – up to 2 years in prison and $750 to $150,000 in fines
- Class 4 felony – up to 3 years in prison and $750 to $150,000 in fines
- Class 3 felony – up to 7 years in prison and $750 to $150,000 in fines
- Class 2 felony – up to 10 years in prison and $750 to $150,000 in fines
Suzuki Law Offices Is Ready to Defend Your Rights
Before entering private practice, Attorney Richard Suzuki gained valuable experience working as a Deputy Maricopa County Attorney and Assistant U.S. Attorney. His experience in federal court and his insights into prosecution tactics provide an invaluable advantage to clients facing serious felony charges such as child abuse. If you have been arrested, our Phoenix child abuse defense lawyers are ready to protect your rights. Contact Suzuki Law Offices today to get started.
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