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Child abuse charges are very serious in nature and need to be handled accordingly. As your Scottsdale criminal defense attorney, Ryan M. Garvey will do everything in his power to provide an aggressive defense to the child abuse allegations that have been brought up against you.

What constitutes as child abuse in Arizona? Defined in ARS § 8-201, “abuse” means intentional infliction or physical harm, injury derived from criminally negligent actions or omissions, unlawful imprisonment (ARS § 13-1303), sexual abuse or sexual assault. “Child” refers to an individual less than 18 years of age, and in relation to child abuse, a criminal charge can derive from emotional abuse, serious physical injury, and death.

What are the Penalties for Child Abuse in Scottsdale?

According to ARS §13-3623, any person who inflicts harm to a child which is likely to result in serious physical injury or death, permits injury under that person’s care/custody, or places a child in a dangerous situation is susceptible to felony charges, prison time, massive fines, and permanent damage to their reputation.

Each felony conviction depends on the severity or intent of the crime, such as:

  • Class 2 felony if crime was committed intentionally or knowingly
    • If the victim is under 15 years of age, it is punishable pursuant to ARS §13-705
  • Class 3 felony if the crime was committed recklessly
  • Class 4 felony if the crime was committed with criminal negligence

If any person who inflicts harm to a child which is not likely to result in serious physical injury or death, permits injury under that person’s care/custody, or places a child in a dangerous situation will be convicted with less serious felonies.

The intent of the crime and the associated felony includes:

  • Class 4 felony if the crime was committed intentionally or knowingly
  • Class 5 felony if the crime was committed recklessly
  • Class 6 felony if the crime was committed with criminal negligence

Under ARS § 13-705, a person (at least 18 years of age) who is convicted of a first-degree crime against children less than 12 years of age, such as sexual assault or sexual contact, shall be sentenced to life imprisonment. Each conviction whether first or second degree, is associated with a maximum prison sentence of 20-35 years in prison.

If you have had child abuse allegations brought up against you, there is a lot at stake. Especially if the child abuse allegation against you is sexual in nature, you risk losing the respect of friends, family members and co-workers, not to mention the permanent tarnishing of your reputation. Anyone who has children or works with children on a daily basis faces a particularly high risk of being accused of child abuse. Having dealt with many cases in Phoenix involving child abuse allegations, Ryan M. Garvey realizes that sometimes there are underlying motives to child abuse accusations, and he will work hard to expose these in order to maximize the chances of having the charges against you dropped.