Third Degree Child Abuse

Michigan Child Abuse Lawyer

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Michigan law provides, pursuant to MCL 750.136b, that a person is guilty of child abuse in the third degree if any of the following are true:


(a) The person knowingly or intentionally causes physical harm to a child.


(b) The person knowingly or intentionally commits an act that under the circumstances poses an unreasonable risk of harm or injury to a child, and the act results in physical harm to a child.


The maximum penalty for Child Abuse in the Third Degree is 2 years in prison.


Third Degree Child Abuse Defenses


Harm is defined as an injury to the child’s physical condition.  This can be an important aspect for a Michigan child abuse lawyer to consider when defending your case.  Every case is different, but if you are dealing with facts where you believe that the injury came from a source other than being caused by the defendant, it is important to have attorneys who are willing to thoroughly investigate the case, and look for ways to prove that the child was not injured by the defendant.


Also important in defending child abuse cases such as a 3rd degree child abuse case is the defense of parental discipline.  Parents are permitted to use physical punishment to reasonably discipline their children.  In fact, in our experience, most parents do, at one time or another, have to use physical force to discipline their children.  On occasion, even the most reasonable physical discipline can cause injury.  It doesn’t mean that a parent has committed a crime.


 Contact A Michigan Child Abuse Lawyer


It is important, however, to have a Michigan child abuse lawyer who is willing to learn you and your family’s story.  It is critical to presenting these cases to a jury that the attorney be able to successfully show the jury the client’s individual story.  You should find an attorney with whom you are completely comfortable – one who you know will always be on your side.  These cases can be some of the most difficult and stressful cases to go through for the accused.  It is important that you have an attorney who is available to speak with you when needed.


If you have been accused of child abuse, contact a Michigan Child Abuse Lawyer at 616-773-2945 for a consultation.