Child abuse and child neglect are two harmful actions towards children, which threaten the health, safety, and development of a child. Both child abuse and child neglect can result in a child welfare case, so contact a dependable New Jersey DYFS lawyer right away. While both of these actions are harmful to a child, they are both caused by different actions. Below, our NJ DYFS law firm will go into a bit more on how you can differentiate between child abuse and child neglect.
What is Child Abuse?
Children can be abused in many ways. Whether it be physical, emotional, or sexual, child abuse is when a parent or caregiver is harming a child, or putting that child at risk of harm. Abuse can happen once, or it can be a series of events done by the parent or caretaker. Inflicting physical injury, emotionally abusing a child, or involving a child in a sexual act are all examples of child abuse. Any of these can psychologically and physically damage a child.
What is Child Neglect?
Child neglect is just as harmful as child abuse, although it differs in the sense that there is a lack of action by the caregiver. Meaning, if a parent of caregiver doesn’t give their child the proper care needed as a child, such as sufficient shelter, clothing, food, medical care, supervision, and education. While neglect is usually a string of ongoing mistreatment, it can also occur from one instance.
Being able to distinguish the difference between these two terms is very important. It is crucial to understand your rights when discussing your child and his or her safety. If you are facing accusations that you have abused or neglected your child, our team of New Jersey custody lawyers are dedicated and hardworking individuals, determined to help you get your child into the right hands. Call our 24 hour toll-free hotline now at 1-855-9JEFLAW (1-855-953-3529) to discuss your case.
Child Abuse Criminal Charges in New Jersey
Unfortunately for some, they don’t hire a good child abuse defense attorney before they are arrested. While there are a number of crimes that can fall under child abuse, they are all serious. Our team of tough, smart criminal defense attorneys have seen smaller cases such as simple assault to very serious cases such as aggravated sexual assault. No matter how small or how complex your case is, our team of attorneys is ready to fight for you. By using the team approach, we can cover your case quicker and we can attack it from a number of different angles at the same time. This allows us to work to not only get you a better result, but to get this result as soon as possible.
Just some of the charges you could be facing include the following:
- Simple Assault
- Aggravated Assault
- Criminal Sexual Contact
- Sexual Assault
- Aggravated Sexual Assault
- Endangering the Welfare of a Child
- Child Endangerment
- Domestic Violence
As we have indicated elsewhere on this blog, there are number of things that make this firm unique. First, we have a state-wide practice. Thus, you don’t have to ask if we go to one court or another, we do and we have been there. We can also handle every single aspect of your DYFS case including criminal charges and family court issues such as custody. Thus, you don’t have to hire a number of attorneys. We are the one firm that can do it all.
If you are facing any child abuse charges, call our team of tough, smart New Jersey criminal defense lawyers now to find out how we can fight for you.