Child Abuse, Endangerment, or Neglect

If you or someone you know has been arrested and charged with Child Abuse, Endangerment or Neglect, our experienced criminal defense lawyers can help. When providing a defense in serious cases like child abuse, it is best if a lawyer can get involved in the case as early as possible. Like many criminal cases, the crimes of child abuse, endangerment, or neglect are a very fact-specific crimes. This means that the specific type of crime charged—and the potential consequences—will depend on the specific facts that the prosecuting attorney believes can be proven. The earlier a defense lawyer gets involved in your case, to review the evidence against you and conduct an independent investigation, the better the chances of building a strong defense on your behalf.

Definition of Child Abuse, Endangerment,
or Neglect in Utah

There are several laws in Utah that define what child abuse, endangerment or neglect is:

  • (abuse or neglect) Utah Code 76-5-109
  • (endangerment) Utah Code 76-5-112.5
  • These are serious offenses that can carry severe consequences. Often when an allegation of child abuse is made the Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) conducts an investigation. This state agency is charged with investigating any situation when a child is reported as being abused or neglected; child protection social workers are required by law to make a face-to-face contact with the child and determine if abuse, neglect, or dependency occurred.

    A skilled attorney can help someone accused of child abuse to navigate this complex process. Please call us today so we can help you. Contact our office to discuss the charges of this nature.

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