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Queens Child Abuse Lawyers

Child abuse is a broad term used to describe any cruelty and/or wrongdoing to a child. The definition is broad, and it includes everything from mental abuse to sexual assault or physical abuse. It’s illegal, and it’s never something the law looks kindly upon. Child abuse is illegal in New York, and any Queens child abuse lawyers tell their clients it’s one of the most difficult cases for anyone to deal with. When child abuse charges are brought upon a person, it’s difficult to see a good defense. It’s also difficult to determine how someone might be punished for this since it’s such a broad subject.

Child Abuse Punishments

The many different punishments that might occur when someone is accused of child abuse in Queens vary. How someone might be punished in a court of law depends heavily on their previous criminal history, the severity of the abuse that occurred, and even the circumstances surrounding the abuse.

  • Jail time
  • Fines
  • Probation
  • Termination of parental rights
  • Sex offender registration
  • Loss of custody of a child
  • Supervised visitation with child only

While child abuse is horrible, many forms are worse than others. Neglect, sexual abuse, and torture are the forms of child abuse that result in the worst punishments. In the least serious cases, some parents or other abusers might not receive any prison time at all. There are many mandates in play in New York, and it’s impossible to tell which situation might occur until a specific charge is filed.

Many factors are used to determine the punishment of a guilty party. It’s helpful if you’ve never been accused of any other crimes or even suspected of another crime. It’s also helpful if your child has not been the subject of numerous injuries or illnesses, and it helps if you have good character witnesses who will vouch for you.

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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Child Abuse Defenses

It’s not easy to defend yourself when the charges include child abuse. The intentional harm of a child is one of the worst cases possible, and it’s not going to earn anyone any favors with a jury. It’s one that tugs at heartstrings and almost immediately turns people into prosecutors. However, everyone is innocent until proven guilty, and everyone has the right to obtain legal defense in the form of a criminal defense attorney.

  • False Allegations – When a family is not getting along or has a lot of dysfunction, it’s not uncommon to find there are false allegations of child abuse. A parent who want full custody in a divorce to get back at the other parent might claim there was abuse in the house. A child mad at a parent for not giving into them or being fair in their eyes might not understand the allegations they’re making to a friend or a trusted teacher out of frustration. It’s a vicious situation, but it does occur.
  • MSBP – This one is by proxy. It’s Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy. It’s when a parent wants more attention and sympathy, so they fake injuries, illnesses, and even cause both to make sure they get the sympathy and the attention illness and injury illicit from others.
  • Accidental Injury – In many abuse cases, the victim will make up a reason for bruises and injuries, but sometimes that’s really what occurs. When a child shows up to school with a giant bruise on his or her face and says they ran into a door, it seems suspicious. When it’s reported as potential child abuse, it’s up to you to prove it really was an accident and there was no abuse going on in the house.
  • Other Circumstances – Some kids are injured and it’s not an accident. Perhaps you have two kids and one decides to hit the other with a heavy object during a fight. It might seem like it’s abuse, but it’s not. It wasn’t an accident, but it also wasn’t a case of child abuse.
  • Religious Reasons – A good example here is the use of vaccinations. Many people who believe heavily in a specific reason do not choose to seek medical care for children with illness or disease. When a child dies because of an easily treated illness or injury, it’s not always easy to swallow the hard truth. It could have been easily prevented and handled, but it’s not because of religious reasons.

Child abuse is a serious charge, and it’s made even more serious thanks to social media and the power of the news. When someone is charged with a child abuse crime, it’s difficult to overcome the ruined reputation and the other side effects that come with a charge like this even when an innocent verdict is issued. A criminal defense attorney is someone who can help you with your defense. Your charges could be dropped, or your sentence could be reduced with the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney.

For more information on what constitutes child abuse, visit the Child Welfare Information Gateway.

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