Kalamazoo & Grand Rapids Child Abuse Defense Lawyers
Child abuse allegations are extremely damaging, as they place individuals without a criminal record in danger of having their reputations and records tarnished for the rest of their lives. If you are under investigation for child abuse or have been accused by a child, you need to act quickly to protect your rights.
At Willis Law, our lawyers provide a thorough defense against child abuse charges to our clients throughout West Michigan.
Child Abuse Charge Attorneys
Child abuse has long been a crime against children investigated by the police, and those responsible are prosecuted in criminal court. However, a separate investigation designed to ensure the safety of children with those who care for them may also occur. Since 1975, Child Protective Services (CPS) is the program within the Department of Human Services (DHS) responsible for investigating such allegations. The Michigan Child Protection Law (MCL 722.621-638) provides a framework for what CPS must do.
Definition of Child Abuse and Neglect Under The Michigan Child Protection Law
- Child abuse means harm or threatened harm to a child's health or welfare that occurs through non-accidental physical or mental injury, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation or maltreatment by a parent, a legal guardian or any other person responsible for the child's health or welfare, or by a teacher, a teacher's aide or a member of the clergy.
- Child neglect means harm or threatened harm to a child's health or welfare by a parent, legal guardian or any other person responsible for the child's health or welfare that occurs through negligent treatment, including the failure to provide adequate food, clothing, shelter or medical care. It can also occur by placing a child at an unreasonable risk to the child's health or welfare by failure of the parent, legal guardian or other person responsible for the child's health or welfare to intervene to eliminate that risk when that person is able to do so and has or should have knowledge of the risk.
Protect Your Rights and Reputation
If you have been accused of child abuse or have reason to believe you are under investigation, the time to act is now. Contact us today for a free initial consultation. We have office locations in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids and Paw Paw.