Police in Greeley, Windsor, Eaton, Evans and LaSalle will charge Child Abuse, C.R.S. 18-6-401, in the Weld County Courts if they feel the person accused has caused an injury to a child's life or health, or allowed a child to be unreasonably placed somewhere which presents a threat of injury to the child's life or health. A common example of this might be when a parent leaves a sleeping child in a car while the parent runs into a business. Not all risks to children are charged by law enforcement, but sometimes we see common risks all parents allow the children to face, being charged. You and your children need an experienced Child Abuse attorney in Greeley to protect you.
Charged with Child Abuse? We Will Fight for Your Freedom
Whatever the type of Child Abuse allegation you face, we are here for you. We are convinced that children need their parents and only in rare circumstances should they be separated. We fight the District Attorney and Social Services (The Department of Human Services) whenever they are involved in keeping good parents from their children.
Types of Child Abuse Charges
Felony Child Abuse
Felony Child Abuse in Weld County where death or injury results is charged under C.R.S. 18-6-401 when a person acts knowingly or recklessly and a child is killed or seriously injured. Here, the crime will be charged as either a class 2 felony (for death) or a class 3 felony. When a child is seriously injured as a result of the criminal negligence of another, it is charged as a class 4 felony. When injury is not serious, a felony can still be charged if the conduct alleged follows a prior child abuse conviction. The rules regarding repeated conduct are very detailed and an experienced criminal defense lawyer is needed to explain the intricacies of the law.
Misdemeanor Child Abuse
The Weld County District Attorney will charge a Class 1 Misdemeanor Child Abuse when non-serious bodily injury results from a person acting knowingly or recklessly. If a person is acting with criminal negligence and non-serious bodily injury occurs to a child, then a Class 2 Misdemeanor will be charged. When no death or injury results to the child, the DA will charge a Class 2 Misdemeanor if a person is acting knowingly or recklessly, and a Class 3 Misdemeanor if the actor was being criminally negligent. There are many other conditions which may change how this crime is charged, so it is important to consult an experienced Weld County Attorney to protect your interests.
Dependency and Neglect
Many professionals in Colorado are required to report suspected abuse of a child to police or Human Services. As a result, Human Services often feels they need to open a Dependency and Neglect case with Weld County Courts. These matters often begin with Social Services placing children in the custody of Human Services and placing them in foster care while they assess the risk to children. These cases move slowly by design, and do not take into account the psychological harm to children. Social Services believes that preventing even a risk of physical harm outweighs whatever psychological harm children experience. We disagree with the opinions of this domineering organization who frequently abuses its power at the expense of children.