Kalamazoo & Grand Rapids Child Abuse Lawyer

Michigan Child Abuse Laws

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 Kalamazoo child abuse defense lawyers fight tirelessly against allegations of abuse or neglect. We know how prosecutors pursue these charges and can anticipate their actions to stay one step ahead throughout your case.

Call (888) 461-7744 now to request a free consultation with our Kalamazoo & Grand Rapids child abuse attorneys.

Understanding Abuse & Neglect Charges in MI

Child abuse is a crime that police, law enforcement officials, and prosecutors alike take very seriously. Anyone found guilty may be penalized under the full extent of the law.

Though child abuse charges are handled through the criminal justice system, 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) – a program within the Department of Human Services (DHS) – has been responsible for investigating such allegations. The Michigan Child Protection Law (MCL 722.621-638) provides a framework for what CPS must do.

Michigan Child Protection Laws

Under Michigan’s child protection laws:

  • Child abuse is defined as any harm or threat of harm that affects a child’s health or well-being. The abuse can be physical, psychology/mental, or sexual in nature.
  • Child neglect is defined as any harm or threat of harm committed by a person responsible for the child’s well-being through negligent treatment. Examples of neglect include failing to provide adequate food, shelter, medical treatment, or clothing for the child. Neglect can also occur if the adult in charge of caring for the child fails to intervene or eliminate a risk to the child’s well-being that they are aware of.

Protect Your Rights & Reputation

If you have been accused of child abuse or have reason to believe you are under investigation, the time to act is now. Our child abuse defense lawyers in Kalamazoo have helped numerous accused individuals navigate the criminal justice system and defend themselves from the harm of a criminal record.

Contact us at (888) 461-7744 for a free initial consultation. We have office locations in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, and Paw Paw.

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