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Talk to an Attorney About Child Neglect or Abuse Charges During a Free Consultation: Call Us at (407)228-3838
At The Umansky Law Firm, we are here to protect your rights as a parent. Our lawyers represent parents who have been accused of child neglect in Orlando and other communities in central Florida.
Anyone can accuse a parent of child abuse in Florida. A neighbor, a school teacher or even an ex-spouse can call police about an incident they consider abuse. Once a report is made, the Florida Department of Children and Families will conduct an investigation that could end with your child being taken from your home.
Speak with an Attorney About Child Abuse Charges During a Free Consultation: Call Us at (407)228-3838
At The Umansky Law Firm, we are here to protect your rights as a parent. We represent parents who have been accused of child abuse in Orlando, Maitland, Longwood, Sanford, Altamonte Springs and other communities in central Florida.
What Is Child Abuse?
In Florida, child abuse means, "any willful act or threatened act that results in any physical, mental, or sexual injury or harm that causes or is likely to cause the child's physical, mental, or emotional health to be significantly impaired."
Once a report is made, the Florida DCF will send an investigator to the family's home. The DCF investigator has the power to remove the child from the home and even begin a court action to terminate your parental rights. At The Umansky Law Firm, our criminal defense lawyers are here to make sure the state does not dissolve your family by making mom or dad into a criminal.
There are exceptions to the Florida child abuse statute, such as disciplinary actions. If your child was taken wrongly, we will help you get him or her back. If the state has evidence of child abuse, we can help you take steps to address parenting issues such as enrolling you in parenting classes. If it is a first offense, we may be able to get you into a diversion program to get the case dropped. In other cases, we may be able to get charges dropped or reduced!
What Is Child Neglect?
In Florida, child neglect occurs when a child is "deprived of, or is allowed to be deprived of, necessary food, clothing, shelter, or medical treatment or a child is permitted to live in an environment when such deprivation or environment causes a child's physical, mental, or emotional health to be significantly impaired or to be in danger of being significantly impaired."
Examples of child neglect in Orlando may include:
- Leaving a child in a car while going shopping
- Leaving a child at home alone
- Leaving a child unattended in a shopping center or a park
A momentary lapse can result in charges of child neglect. For example, if you leave a child in a locked, air-conditioned vehicle for one minute while you dash into a store, you could be charged with neglect if someone calls police.
There are defenses to child neglect cases as discussed on this page. Our criminal defense lawyers can argue that your actions were a mistake and not a criminal act, and that you are entitled to a second chance. A mistake does not mean you are a criminal, and often times criminal neglect charges are not what they appear to be. Give us a call to discuss today!
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To schedule a free initial consultation with an Orlando child abuse attorney at The Umansky Law Firm, contact us through this website or call (407) 228-3838.