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Child abuse charges are very serious in Michigan

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.

Beyond that, Michigan has a Child Abuse and Neglect Central Registry. Being put on that list could bar you from several jobs, including ones that require a professional license, and restrict your right to certain life activities.

All of this can stem from an anonymous report that you have abused your kids, because those calling authorities need not identify themselves in Michigan.

This all means that a parent accused of child abuse needs to contact a defense attorney as soon as possible. These criminal charges should not be ignored, even if the charges are based on false accusations or a misunderstanding.

Between potentially losing your children and being sent to jail, there is too much at stake. A defense attorney can examine the evidence against you and challenge it. He or she can represent you in court, or reach a plea bargain that reduces the charges against you, possibly removing the danger of CPS taking your children away.

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