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Child Abuse

Santa Rosa Child Abuse Attorney

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Unfortunately, when an individual is charged with a child abuse offense they end up fighting much more than their charges. Because of the negative depiction of child abuse in the media, when someone is arrested it may seem impossible to overcome your case. If you are facing child abuse charges, our Santa Rosa criminal defense attorney can help you protect your reputation and rights.

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How We Can Aggressively Pursue Your Defense

Child abuse laws are put in place to protect children from harm, but our justice system was also established to protect people that have been wrongfully accused. Facing charges that you don’t deserve can be nerve wracking, but having an experienced Santa Rosa criminal defense attorney on your side can help you entrust that you can get the justice you deserve.

Defensive strategies that our firm can apply to your case include:

  • False allegations: The sad fact is there are many situations in which someone can be falsely accused of child abuse. In dysfunctional families or in custody battles over children, one parent might accuse the other of abuse as a way of getting a leg up over them.
  • Result of an accident: Accidents happen and if a child is injured as a result of one, like falling from a bike or slamming a hand in a door, it is more than likely that the child abuse charges can get dropped. If the accident happened due to negligence, charges may still be relevant.
  • Other reasonable explanations: There are often other reasons why a child is injured other than child abuse, like they got into a fight with another child or medical reasons cause them to have brittle bones or bruise easily. Uncovering the truth can help protect innocent people.
  • Parent’s right to discipline: Parents are allowed to punish their child in any manner they choose, as long as it is reasonable and doesn’t cause bodily harm. Punishments like spanking are all allowed, as long as the child’s injuries are not worse than mild bruising.
  • Religious beliefs: Even though this might be controversial, but in the event that a child dies a parent can claim an exemption to child abuse for religious reasons. If a parent chooses to pray for their sick child, rather than take them to a doctor, charges may be dropped.
  • Munchausen Syndrome by proxy: In some rare cases, a child caregiver will lie about an illness in their child as a way of getting attention or sympathy. In order to use this defense, proof of psychological or medical data to support your claim is typically needed.

Even though these are common defense strategies, there might also be other strategies that can be implemented into your case. At The Law Office of Joe Bisbiglia we can discuss your options with you and the best possible outcomes for your case.

We have successfully handled thousands of cases throughout Santa Rosa! Contact our criminal defense lawyer today and discuss the details of your case.

Have Questions?

Criminal Defense FAQ
  • I am innocent—do I still need a criminal defense attorney?
    Yes! If you have been arrested there is a chance you may be convicted, even if you truly did nothing wrong. Having a Santa Rosa criminal defense attorney from The Law Office of Joe Bisbiglia on your side can aggressively fight to protect you from false charges. An experienced attorney can make all the difference when standing up for you so your choice of representation is a very important one.
  • What is the difference between probation and parole?
    Parole takes place after a person has spent time in prison, whereas probation may be used as an actual alternative criminal sentence. Parole is usually used to monitor a person who has been released from jail. Probation is a criminal sentence for those convicted of lesser offenses.
  • How does the prosecution determine the charges I will face?
    The prosecution will look to convict you on charges they feel have sufficient evidence for a conviction. A case will typically be dropped if the prosecution feels that there is not enough evidence to reach a conviction. What constitutes enough evidence to the prosecutor is up to their discretion.
  • What is a grand jury?
    Grand juries are made up of individuals used to determine if enough evidence exists in order to take a case to trial. A grand jury will use witness testimony, documentation, and other evidence in reaching its determination. The grand jury will decide whether the case will go to trial in the end.
  • Will I be arrested for refusing to give police a statement?
    Exercising you right to silence cannot be used against you. You are protected from testifying against yourself by the Fifth Amendment. If a police officer is trying to intimidate you into giving a statement, get in touch with a criminal defense attorney immediately.


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