The Penalties for Serious Physical Injury to a Child Under 15 Are Mandatory and Lengthy
Like child sexual offenses, child abuse convictions carry mandatory prison sentences that are extremely lengthy. The most serious child abuse convictions can range up to 27 years of imprisonment.
What Makes Child Abuse Cases So Difficult
The complexity of defending child abuse cases arises from a variety of factors:
1. The extreme emotional reaction of people investigating and prosecuting the cases;
2. The likelihood emotions will cause the authorities to reach premature conclusions as to the guilt of the accused;
3. The use of “syndrome evidence” by the prosecutors which has the effect of establishing an accused’s guilt in the face of compelling evidence of innocence;
4. The difficulty in severing the cases of the charged individuals so the prosecutor isn’t able to use one defendant’s lawyer as “the second prosecutor” against the second defendant.