No criminal matter in Michigan is a joke, but an official accusation of child abuse can have serious consequences for the defendant. Law enforcement can be quick to take action when it believes a child is being abused or neglected.
As with most forms of domestic violence charges, a charge of child abuse likely will trigger two separate legal proceedings. Besides charging you with a crime that carries a potential jail or prison sentence, Child Protective Services may decide to intervene and take your children away from you. In some cases, CPS tells the court to strip you of your parental rights permanently. It can also gather evidence to be used in your criminal case.