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Child Abuse / Neglect

An allegation of child abuse carries a heavy stigma that can be difficult to fight during your defense. If you’ve been charged with abusing or neglecting a child, you’re in for a tough fight, with the odds already stacked against you. While some accusations are the result of a misunderstanding, some come from malicious intention during custody battles or other disagreements. In any case, even an arrest for suspected child abuse can disrupt and threaten your entire life.

An attorney can help ensure that your rights are protected through the criminal justice process head of you. With a skilled attorney on your side, the odds against you can be reduced to a reasonable level, in order to give you a fair chance in court.

Iowa Child Abuse Defense Attorney

The experienced attorneys at McCarthy & Hamrock, P.C. have defended hundreds of clients throughout Iowa facing challenging situations like yours. We know that an aggressive defense is necessary to defend you against an emotional allegation involving children. With almost 50 years of combined experience, we know exactly what you’re up against and how to effectively take on Iowa’s criminal justice system.

Call (515) 279-9700 today to schedule your free consultation with our legal team. We can analyze the details of your situation and help you understand the options available to you. With our lawyers on your side, you can stand a fighting chance against the serious charges that you face.


Child Abuse and Neglect as Defined by Iowa’s Laws

The offenses that are commonly described as "child abuse" are actually defined as child endangerment by Iowa's criminal law statutes. These laws define a minor to be any person under the age of 18. Statute 726.6 lists that the following offenses are considered child endangerment:

The severity of the potential penalties for committing these acts largely depends on the damage inflicted on the child, as follows:

A charge of child endangerment carries a relatively high amount of subjectivity, leaving a wide range of discretion to the court presiding over the case. This makes it extremely important to have an attorney on your side who is not afraid to aggressively defend you against prejudices.


Hiring a Criminal Defense Lawyer for a Child Abuse Charge in Iowa

With such a heavy stigma threatening to tarnish your rights in this situation, you need a lawyer who will proactively seek to protect your voice. At, McCarthy & Hamrock, P.C., we know that you're in for a tough fight, and we are determined to take on even the most challenging cases. Those in Polk County and Dallas County can turn to McCarthy & Hamrock, P.C. for experienced attorneys who are determined to persevere in every situation. Call us today at (515) 279-9700to schedule your free consultation.

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