Crimes against children range from misdemeanors to felonies and include a wide range of offenses. If you have been charged with a crime against a child, it is imperative to seek legal representation immediately. Albuquerque FBD Law attorneys Vincent Ward, Josh Ewing, and Christopher Dodd are experienced in defending against allegations of crimes against children and child pornography cases all over the country in both state and federal courts.
It is highly recommended not to answer any questions that law enforcement or any other person may have until you have an attorney present.
To find out more about what our criminal defense lawyers can do for you, contact FBD Law at (505) 842-9960.
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Know Your Rights
When you have been charged with a crime, it is important to know your rights:
- You have the right to remain silent and not to say anything that might implicate you in a crime.
- You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford your own legal counsel, an attorney in the form of a public defender will be provided for you.
- You have the right to a trial by a jury of your peers that is held in public.
Types of Crimes Against Children
A wide range of crimes are committed against children, including:
- Physical abuse
- Mental abuse
- Sexual abuse
Child pornography cases require specialized knowledge, including expertise in computer crimes. FBD lawyer Chris Dodd has this expertise and lectures throughout the country on how to defend child pornography cases.
Penalties for Crimes Against Children
The law takes crimes against children extremely seriously. Depending on the nature of the crime, it can be classified as either a misdemeanor or a felony; however, most crimes against children are felony offenses.
The penalties for crimes against children and child pornography can be extremely harsh, including life imprisonment for the most serious crimes.
Additional Penalties for Child Abuse, Neglect, or Abandonment
Parents or guardians of the child should be aware that additional penalties may apply if they have perpetrated a crime. The child in question could be removed from their care and placed in the system where they will either become a ward of the state or be placed in foster care or with a relative who is able to provide the care that they require.
A parent may receive only limited access to the child such as supervised visits. A parent may need to show the court that they have been rehabilitated and have the means to take care of the child in order for the child to be returned to them. Parents or guardians alleged to have perpetrated crimes against children can lose their parental rights to the child but may still retain parental obligations or responsibilities.
Parents or guardians may also find themselves under constant supervision from social services and could be required to comply with rules and regulations to ensure the safety of the child.
Additional Penalties for Child Sexual Abuse
If convicted of a sexual offense against a minor, a person will likely be required to register as a sex offender, in many cases, for life. The sex offender registry for each state is available for public access, and any person can view it. This can result in enormous consequences on employment, housing, and other opportunities.
Contact FBD Law Today
Crimes against children and child pornography crimes are serious charges. It is imperative to get legal advice and representation from an experienced attorney. Contact FBD Law in Albuquerque to provide you with the best criminal defense team. FBD Law attorneys Vincent Ward, Josh Ewing, and Christopher Dodd are experienced in defending against allegations of crimes against children.