Crimes Against Children/Risk of Injury to a Minor/Possession and/or Distribution of Child Pornography
Connecticut Neglect Abuse Defense Lawyers
Being accused of a crime against children can be a life-changing situation. Not only can you be socially ruined, but you may also end up in jail for many years if you are convicted. If you have been charged with neglecting or abusing your own children, the state may take them from you. With stakes this high, trustworthy legal counsel is imperative.
Discreet and professional, Kocian Law Group is ready to assist with sensitive issues. With our strong background in criminal defense, Kocian Law Group is the ideal choice for those who have been accused of a crime against children.
Our nonjudgmental staff will set you up with a consultation. At your appointment, we will hear your side of the story. If you have a case, we will gather evidence, including witness testimony. We will do all the research necessary to bolster your case and protect your rights.
What are “Crimes Against Children”?
Crimes against children are generally defined as crimes committed against those below the age of 18, though some specific crimes have to be committed against those under 16 to qualify as “against children.” As a rule, the younger the victim of the crime is, the higher the penalty.
Neglect occurs when someone fails to protect or provide for a child under his or her care. If charged with neglect of your own children, you generally have two cases against you: one is a case in criminal court, while the other is a case in family court. The criminal court decides whether you’ve broken any laws and punishes you if you have. The family court decides whether to take your children from you and where to place them in the event that they’re taken away. The courts communicate with each other and what you say in one trial may be brought up or used in the other. If you are convicted in criminal court, your parental rights can be terminated.
Child abuse occurs when someone physically or mentally harms a child. Like neglect, you can be tried in both criminal and family court for child abuse of children in your custody. Depending on the severity of the abuse and other circumstances, such as a criminal record, child abuse can be a felony or a misdemeanor. Sentences run the gamut from probation with no incarceration to life in prison.
Sexual crimes against children also constitute abuse, but are often treated differently. A sexual crime is nearly always a felony. You can be charged with sexual conduct with a minor, molestation of a child, or exploitation of a child, a charge which may include possessing or disseminating child pornography. Molestation yields less severe punishment than outright sexual conduct, but both can have life-changing consequences if you are convicted.
If you have been accused of committing a crime against children it is recommended that you:
- elect to stay silent when questioned by police
- calmly obey all police instructions
- find an experienced defense lawyer.
At Kocian Law Group, we recognize that even good people can be charged with horrific crimes. You have the right to fair representation. Whether you have been falsely accused of wrongdoing, or whether you’ve made a serious mistake, let Kocian Law Group represent you.