Defending Accusations Of Child Abuse In West Virginia
If you have been accused of child neglect or abuse and need a child abuse defense lawyer, our attorneys at Sammons Olivero & Paraschos in Huntington have decades of experience. We have defended parents and grandparents who have been accused of abuse by Child Protective Services (CPS).
With a deep understanding of the laws in the state of West Virginia, and procedures in the family court, the circuit court and the supreme court, our lawyers have appeared before the West Virginia Supreme Court to protect children, parents and grandchildren. It takes many years to master the intricacies and complexities of West Virginia’s broken welfare system.
Defining Child Abuse In West Virginia
In the state of West Virginia, child abuse is defined as any act or failure to act that harms or threatens harm to a child, including:
- The intentional infliction of physical, mental or emotional injury on a child
- Allowing the intentional infliction of physical, mental or emotional injury on a child by another
- Physical injury from the excessive punishment of a child
- The abandonment or neglect of a child
- The sexual abuse or sexual exploitation of a child
- Instances of family and domestic violence
- Allowing the sexual abuse or sexual exploitation of a child by someone else
Additionally, the court will consider any circumstances that cause harm, threatens harm, or threatens the health or welfare of a child. In other words, there is a lot that could be considered child abuse or neglect.
Have You Been Accused Of Child Abuse Or Neglect?
Allegations of neglect and child abuse are extremely serious. Retaining a defense attorney who has experience navigating CPS accusations of abuse is extremely important. An attorney can be present during any questioning to protect your rights. An attorney can also help you conduct your own investigation to defend you against the abuse accusations.
Schedule A Consult A Child Abuse Defense Attorney Today
Our family law attorneys are available by appointment only for initial consultations. To schedule an initial consultation and case assessment, contact our office by sending an inquiry through our website or by calling us at 304-522-7730. We look forward to hearing your side of the story and telling you more about how we can help you defend the accusations against you.