In Florida, Child Abuse is defined as an intentional act that causes, or could reasonably be expected to cause, physical or mental injury to a child, that is to say, a person under 18 years of age.
Penalties for Child Abuse
In Florida, Child Abuse is classified as a Third Degree Felony and punishable by up to five (5) years in prison, five (5) years of probation, and a $5,000 fine.
Some viable defenses to Child Abuse
Certainly, a parent (or someone standing in for the parents, such as a coach or a teacher) can exercise some discipline over a child under his or he control. This defense is not available, however, when the discipline exceeds normal corporal punishment. There are also cases where there is little or no physical evidence of abuse and the only "evidence" there is consists of the "self-report" of the minor child. In those instances, a good investigator may discover other, underlying reasons for the child's accusation― for example, parents going through a nasty divorce or custody battle and pitting the child against a parent.
This is why it's critically important to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to develop an effective defense strategy and hold the State Attorney's Office to their burden of proving the crime of child abuse beyond and to the exclusion of any reasonable doubt.
There is hope
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