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Understanding Child Abuse

In simple terms, child abuse is when a parent of a child or the caregiver of a child commits an action that results in emotional or physical harm or death. There are several types of child abuse, some that are intentional while others are committed without intent according to Child Help.


Physical Abuse

Physical abuse is the most common type of child abuse. It’s when the parent of caregiver harms the child in a manner that is intentional in most situations. If the physical abuse is not intentional, it can be difficult to prove in court. There are several signs that can be present if someone suspects physical abuse. Teachers and other people who are in positions of authority are required to report any suspicions of abuse to the proper authorities, such as a police officer or a local department of social services. This kind of abuse includes actions such as kicking, biting, burning, choking and even hair pulling. Anything that can be done to the child that would cause a physical injury falls into this category. Signs of physical abuse include bruises on the body, the child being withdrawn from family and friends and death if the abuse is severe. Parents or caregivers might not want to explain what happened to the child might delay taking the child to a doctor or hospital for treatment.

George FernandezGeorge Fernandez
14:16 30 Apr 24
Excellent 10 out of 10, Helped resolve my case. Jeremy explained everything and made everything easy to understand.
RajRaj
21:33 24 Apr 24
If you are looking for a lawyer that listens, is aggressive where needed, and holds his word above all else, Todd is the best pick. I had hired multiple attorneys prior to hiring the Spodek Group for a white collar case. The first thing that stood out to me was the cost, as anyone going through the process and dealing with the system, money was tight at that time - especially after hiring and firing multiple lawyers. The cost was not as high as others which was definitely a plus. Todd's intake process was also unlike other attorneys. He took the time to actually listen. He cared. He was trying to put himself in my shoes while I was explaining the situation to him and he really took the time to understand the whole situation. Other lawyers will give you 15 mins and send you a retainer agreement. Not Todd, I think he spent almost two hours with me as I was explaining everything.Not only was he great during the onboarding process, he was supportive and very informative through the entire plea process and eventually sentencing. After hiring him, I asked if I should hire a prison consultant, he told me to save my money as he would do everything they would. He was right and held up to his word. Later on I would hear from others that went with the prison consultants that they were a waste of money - I am glad I listened to Todd!When it came time for sentencing, two days prior to sentencing, the prosecutor tried increasing my proposed prison time by almost double - apparently a normal move. Todd and his team worked with me non-stop through the weekend prior to sentencing to ensure that I was not given additional prison time. Again, he took the time to listen and came up with a strategy to explain the case with great detail.Unfortunately, I did plead guilty as that was my best option. Todd and his whole team wrote up nearly 300 pages of a summary of what happened and why I should not be given prison time. If I breakdown the amount I spent with Todd versus the amount of work that I saw being done, I am shocked I was not charged four times as much. The other benefit was, a lot of criminal defense lawyers were just a single attorney with a paralegal or two. Todd had a team of people that I dealt with (5-7 people that I interacted with), but he was ALWAYS accessible. It would never take him more than an hour to reply unless he was in court.I was sentenced to prison and I was emotionally distraught. Todd and his team did whatever they could even after sentencing to make sure I was alright. He personally stayed in touch with my family to ensure I was doing alright and offered support to them. Most lawyers would consider the job complete at sentencing, not Todd.After prison, Todd still spent time with me to make sure I was on the right track and avoiding any potential risks in the future. He has also been giving advice on how to navigate probation etc and has not been looking at the clock for billing.Although I wish I had never been arrested in the first place, I am glad I had Todd and his team in my corner. Without them I likely would have had to spend a lot more time in prison than I did.Thank you, Todd, and the entire Spodek Law team, for helping turn what was a nightmare into a manageable situation!
Yelva Saint-PreuxYelva Saint-Preux
19:26 19 Apr 24
I am immensely grateful to the entire team at Spodek Law Group for their unwavering dedication and exceptional expertise throughout my case. From our initial consultation to the final resolution, their professionalism and tireless advocacy made all the difference. Their strategic approach and attention to detail instilled confidence in me every step of the way.Thanks to their hard work and commitment, we achieved a truly favorable outcome that exceeded my expectations. Not only did they navigate the complexities of my case with precision, but they also provided invaluable support and guidance during what was undoubtedly a challenging time. I cannot recommend Spodek Law Group highly enough, especially attorneys Todd Spodek and Claire Banks; they are beacons of excellence in the legal profession.YSP.
Katherine SunKatherine Sun
18:08 18 Apr 24
my lawyer is Alex Zhik. Efficient, patient and professional
Nun yaNun ya
17:48 18 Apr 24
Todd, Ralph and Alex are amazing. Helped my husband get from a double digit number with multiple charges to a single digit, by the time I blink he will be out. They very professional and help with all your needs. They dealt with my anxiety and worry very well and they understand that your family member needs to get home as soon as possible.
Keisha ParrisKeisha Parris
20:45 15 Mar 24
Believe every single review here about Alex Z!! From our initial consultation, it was evident that Alex possessed a profound understanding of criminal law and a fierce dedication to his clients rights. Throughout the entirety of my case, Alex exhibited unparalleled professionalism and unwavering commitment. What sets Alex apart is not only his legal expertise but also his genuine compassion for his clients. He took the time to thoroughly explain my case, alleviating any concerns I had along the way. His exact words were “I’m not worried about it”. His unwavering support and guidance were invaluable throughout the entire process. I am immensely grateful for Alex's exceptional legal representation and wholeheartedly recommend his services to anyone in need of a skilled criminal defense attorney. Alex Z is not just a lawyer; he is a beacon of hope for those navigating the complexities of the legal system. If you find yourself in need of a dedicated and competent legal advocate, look no further than Alex Z.
Taïko BeautyTaïko Beauty
16:26 15 Mar 24
I don’t know where to start, I can write a novel about this firm, but one thing I will say is that having my best interest was their main priority since the beginning of my case which was back in Winter 2019. Miss Claire Banks, one of the best Attorneys in the firm represented me very well and was very professional, respectful, and truthful. Not once did she leave me in the dark, in fact she presented all options and routes that could possibly be considered for my case and she reinsured me that no matter what I decided to do, her and the team will have my back and that’s exactly what happened. Not only will I be liberated from this case, also, I will enjoy my freedom and continue to be a mother to my first born son and will have no restrictions with accomplishing my goals in life. Now that’s what I call victory!! I thank the Lord, My mother, Claire, and the Spodek team for standing by me and fighting with me. Words can’t describe how grateful I am to have the opportunity to work with this team. I’m very satisfied, very pleased with their performance, their hard work, and their diligence.Thank you team!
K MarK Mar
01:37 25 Jan 24
I recently had Spodek Law Group represent me for a legal matter in NYC and I am thoroughly impressed with their services.Alex Zhik secured the best possible outcome for my case.It was a seamless journey from the initial consultation to the resolution of my legal matter. From the moment I spoke to Todd about my case, his enthusiasm to help was evident, setting a positive tone for the entire experience. The efficiency and professionalism displayed by the team is commendable.A particularly noteworthy aspect of their service is their user-friendly portal to upload your documents/evidence. This not only simplified the process, but showcases their commitment to streamline the client experience.Lastly, in an industry where legal fees can often be a concern, I found their pricing to be very reasonable, making needing legal assistance feel accessible and stress-free.I am grateful for their support and wouldn't hesitate to turn to them again in the future.
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Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse is sometimes the worst kind of child abuse for the emotions of a child. The action takes place when an adult forces a child to take part in sexual acts. This can also involve an older child using a younger child for sexual gratification. Sex trafficking would also be included in this as well as exchanging sexual acts with the child for something received from another adult. An example would be if a parent forces a child to take part in sexual acts with another adult to get money or drugs. Many children who are sexually abused will shut down and not talk to anyone else or take part in any activities. The abuse could involve forcing the child to touch or show the sex organs or making the child perform a sexual act with or without any kind of penetration involved.


Emotional Abuse

Emotional abuse involves the parent or caretaker harming the child’s mental development. There are several ways that this can occur, such as belittling the child, calling the child names or making the child feel worthless on a regular basis. This is often a pattern of behavior that only gets worse over time.


Child Neglect

Child neglect is a form of abuse that could be deemed as intentional or unintentional depending on the circumstances. When a parent or caregiver knowingly leaves a child alone without proper food, water, clothing or shelter, then it’s considered neglect. It also involves not taking the child to a doctor or dentist on a regular basis or leaving children home alone while going out to take part in other activities with no supervision. Educational neglect is also an issue. This is when the parent or caregiver allows the child to miss school or simply doesn’t care whether the child attends classes or not, resulting in lower grades or even failing subjects. These are often signs that abuse is taking place, warranting a report from the teacher and an investigation from a social worker or police officer.


Penalties

Once the defendant has been charged with any kind of child abuse, there are a few things that could happen. The person could be arrested and taken to jail, or there could be a report made that requires the person to go to court before any decision is made. Since this is a charge that could involve taking the child from the parent or caretaker and placing the child in foster care for some time, the judge will weigh the evidence as carefully as possible. Most of the time, witness statements are heavily factored into the decision that is made by the judge. According to FindLaw, there is a rather wide range of penalties that the defendant could face depending on the severity of the abuse, the criminal history of the defendant and state regulations. Child abuse can be charged as a felony if there are severe injuries or death. Sentence options can include a prison sentence up to five years, probation or a combination of the two. Most people have to register as a sex offender, the charges will remain on the criminal record, and there are times when the child is permanently removed from the home. Those who fail to report child abuse can also be found guilty and be required to pay fines or spend time in jail depending on the situation.


Defenses Of Child Abuse

Those who have been charged with child abuse need to seek the assistance of an attorney, such as those with Spodek Law Group. An attorney can assist with a defense that could include false allegations filed, injuries resulting from an accident or an injury occurring because of a health issue. Religious beliefs and mental illness are also common defenses to child abuse.

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