Child abuse laws aim to protect children by holding perpetrators of child abuse and neglect accountable for their actions. Wednesday, A Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin man was convicted of a C- level felony of physical abuse of a child – intentionally causing great bodily harm – which carries up to 40 years in prison. The conviction follows earlier suspicions regarding physical abuse of another child and a conviction for two counts of second degree sexual assault of a child.
Sadly, child abuse and neglect happens in Wisconsin and the law seeks to protect vulnerable children from harm. Each year tens of thousands of abuse and neglect cases are reported to authorities, many of them alleging maltreatment or allegations of physical, sexual or emotional abuse. Police investigate many reports every year to determine if abuse or neglect has occurred hoping to prevent further harm.
Most will agree that those who commit crimes against children should face consequences for their actions. However, despite law enforcement’s efforts to get it right when it comes to holding those who abuse or neglect children accountable, the justice system is not set up to vindicate those that are wrongly accused. False allegations of child abuse are more common than most people think and many who are falsely accused face an uphill battle when trying to defend themselves.
Falsely Accused of Child Abuse or Neglect – Contact a Wisconsin Criminal Defense Lawyer
If you have been accused of child abuse or neglect, there may be several defenses available to you depending on the circumstances surrounding your case. It is very important to secure the help of an experienced criminal defense lawyer to protect your rights if you have been accused of Wisconsin child abuse or neglect. Contact a Wisconsin criminal defense Lawyer at the Offices of Andrew C. Ladd LLC for a confidential a free consultation at 262-542-3900.
Source: Fond Du Lac Reporter, “Jury convicts FDL sex offender twice accused of child abuse”, by Nate Beck, June 19, 2017