By Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyer Jeremy Rosenthal
No one wants children to be abused. We are biologically and sociologically programmed to love, nurture and protect them. Our natural rush to defend children, though, can bring out the worst in us.
There can be nothing more cruel to a parent already dealing with a severe medical issue with their child than to have to deal with pestering accusations by unqualified law enforcement or medical personnel.
Child abuse charges can be extremely difficult to defend regardless of whether the alleged physical injuries are slight or devastating. Virtually always the evidence is not only circumstantial — but highly subjective and medically complex.
Defending these cases takes time, patience, and a thorough review of complete medical history of the child and sometimes even of the parents to determine whether a child is more susceptible or prone to a particular type of injury.
Where there is little or no evidence of physical injury or abuse, it is just as important for counsel to be aware of the circumstances surrounding the allegations as well as the applicable law.
Defending charges of child abuse isn’t for every lawyer. Some lawyers have the professionalism, objectivity and courage to get it right and others simply do not.
*Jeremy Rosenthal is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and licensed by the Supreme Court of Texas. Nothing in this article is intended to be legal advice. For legal advice about any situation you should contact an attorney directly. Contacting the attorney through this blog does not create an attorney client relationship. Any communications sent through this blog are not confidential in nature nor are they subject to the attorney client privilege.