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  • Physical child abuse is shaking, beating, hitting, biting or burning a child.
  • Sexual child abuse is incest, any kind of enforced sexual doings, exposure to sexual stimulation inappropriate for the child’s age.
  • Neglect is another form of child abuse which is consistent failure to provide the necessities for a child’s physical needs, for example, food, shelter, clothing, and medical care. Failure to provide a child with emotional needs, for instance, affection, attention and supervision is also child abuse.

Penalties for Child Abuse in Florida

Under Florida law, child abuse is a felony offense. It may classify as a 1st degree or 3rd degree felony, depending on the distinct situation of the case.

  • “Simple” child abuse involves purposely causing physical or mental harm to a child or engaging in an act that could reasonably cause injury to a child. This is a 3rd degree felony and is punishable by law up to 5 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000.
  • “Aggravated” child abuse involves causing severe bodily injury, permanent deformity or permanent disability. It may also consist of any act of aggravated battery against a child which may include deliberate or willful torment, hateful punishment or confinement. Aggravated child abuse is a 1st degree felony and is punishable by law up to 30 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.

Time is of the essence. Even if you have not been formally charged with a crime, attorney Hernandez can intercede and work to protect your rights. Involving an attorney as early in the process as possible is important if you are to have the best opportunity of successfully fighting your charges and avoiding a conviction. Due to the difficulty of the cases and the probable sentences that attach, it is essential that you contact Mr. Hernandez. With his extensive knowledge of the legal system, attorney Hernandez will provide you with the most aggressive and knowledgeable legal representation possible in the face of your child abuse charges. 

For more information and your free consultation contact attorney Armando Hernandez today at 305-442-2590.