By Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyer Jeremy Rosenthal
No one wants for 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 people.
Child abuse cases originate in several ways. Often one parent will accuse another parent of abuse in custody or divorce proceedings. Some times people in contact with children suspect abuse or neglect and contact authorities. Another source is where medical personnel feel abuse was possible.
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.
*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 blog is intended to be legal advice. For advice about any situation you should contact an attorney directly.