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SALT LAKE CITY CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEYS

CHILD ABUSE IN UTAH

Defending Parents and Others Against Damaging Allegations

Facing allegations of child abuse can be a terrifying ordeal. In Utah it is a serious crime carrying substantial criminal penalties — and if the alleged victim is your own child, it can have a major impact on your parental rights. Well-meaning teachers and medical personnel are often overly cautious in reporting suspicious injuries, which can cause even conscientious parents to fall under scrutiny. Even more disturbingly, allegations of child abuse can serve as weapons in domestic disputes and custody litigation. If you have been accused of child abuse or are under investigation by police or the Division of Child and Family Services, consulting a Utah child abuse attorney from Intermountain Legal early can help you take control of the situation before your rights are irreparably damaged.

Utah Child Abuse Laws

Utah law adopts a broad definition of child abuse that can encompass even minor and accidental injuries. Depending on the circumstances, the grading for child abuse crimes can range from a Class C misdemeanor to a second-degree felony:

  • Physical injury inflicted through criminal negligence — Class C misdemeanor
  • Physical injury recklessly inflicted — Class B misdemeanor
  • Physical injury intentionally inflicted — Class A misdemeanor
  • Serious physical injury inflicted through criminal negligence — Class A misdemeanor
  • Serious physical injury recklessly inflicted — third-degree felony
  • Serious physical injury intentionally inflicted — second-degree felony

How a Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help

Child abuse cases can be technical and complicated. Because there are rarely adult first-hand witnesses, these allegations often turn on medical evidence and, in the case of older children, accounts from the victims themselves. This kind of evidence is frequently subject to interpretation. But a Utah child abuse lawyer can identify the issues that may come into play and, if necessary, procure reliable expert testimony that can often be crucial in these types of cases.

Even in situations where an acquittal or dismissal is not likely, the broad range of penalties for crimes involving children in Utah means that an experienced attorney can still be beneficial. A good child abuse attorney can identify and draw attention to the more favorable aspects of your case to obtain a lesser sentence or negotiate a favorable plea bargain.

Call the Firm for a Free Consultation for Child Abuse Charges

Intermountain Legal attorneys have experience representing both parents and non-parents facing child abuse allegations. We know the law and we know the process. Call our office today at 801-970-2800 or contact us online to begin taking control of your legal troubles.

Our Other Services

Intermountain Legal is located in Salt Lake City, UT and serves clients throughout all of Northern and Central Utah including Salt Lake City, Midvale, Sandy, West Jordan, North Salt Lake, Bountiful, South Jordan, Clearfield, Woods Cross, Draper, Farmington, Centerville, Layton, Ogden, Lehi, Provo, Orem, Park City and the counties of Davis, Salt Lake, Weber, Utah, Tooele and Summit.


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STEVEN K. BURTON

As a former prosecutor Steven gained an intimate knowledge of various Domestic Violence Courts, DUI courts and other criminal court programs and procedures. He has spent over 3,500 hours in court and has argued more cases than most attorneys do in a lifetime. For more on Steve's experience, click here.

JUSTIN PRATT

Attorney Justin S. Pratt handles all types of criminal cases, with an emphasis on DUI-related charges. He believes that someone who is charged with a crime deserves the specialized attention of an attorney who will protect his client's rights by taking the time to examine constitutional issues, important factual circumstances, and any other crucial factors that may be relevant to the case. For more on Justin's experience, click here.

STACI VISSER

Staci has represented clients in nearly every type of criminal case, from misdemeanors to first-degree felonies. She has an excellent reputation with her clients and they have repeatedly recommended her to their friends and family. She also practices criminal appeals and family law. For more on Staci's experience, click here.

MARK LAROCCO

Mark is skilled at dealing with all aspects of family law, including helping clients obtain modifications, enforce court orders, and achieve fair custody and support awards. Going through a painful divorce or a custody battle can be one of the most difficult times in someone’s life, and Mark is there to help every step of the way. For more on Mark's experience, click here.

MATTHEW BELL

Matthew's reputation as an attorney is one who thoroughly understands the law and diligently advocates to advance his client's interests. His practice primarily focuses on representing clients in family law matters. He has assisted hundreds of clients in divorce, custody, guardianship, and termination of parental rights cases. For more on Matthew's experience click here.

ELLY HENDRIKSEN

Elly is a skilled attorney who specializes in divorce and criminal law. Spending the majority of her career in the courtroom, Elly understands how to effectively advocate for her clients who find themselves in the toughest of situations. Elly has successfully guided clients through trials and difficult hearings in front of judges and commissioners, and has expertly negotiated cases through hundreds of hours of mediation. For more on Elly's experience click here.

STEVEN K. BURTON

As a former prosecutor Steven gained an intimate knowledge of various Domestic Violence Courts, DUI courts and other criminal court programs and procedures. He has spent over 3,500 hours in court and has argued more cases than most attorneys do in a lifetime. For more on Steve's experience, click here.

 
JUSTIN PRATT

Attorney Justin S. Pratt handles all types of criminal cases, with an emphasis on DUI-related charges. He believes that someone who is charged with a crime deserves the specialized attention of an attorney who will protect his client's rights by taking the time to examine constitutional issues, important factual circumstances, and any other crucial factors that may be relevant to the case. For more on Justin's experience, click here.

 
STACI VISSER

Staci has represented clients in nearly every type of criminal case, from misdemeanors to first-degree felonies. She has an excellent reputation with her clients and they have repeatedly recommended her to their friends and family. She also practices criminal appeals and family law. For more on Staci's experience, click here.

 
MARK LAROCCO

Mark is skilled at dealing with all aspects of family law, including helping clients obtain modifications, enforce court orders, and achieve fair custody and support awards. Going through a painful divorce or a custody battle can be one of the most difficult times in someone’s life, and Mark is there to help every step of the way. For more on Mark's experience, click here.

 
MATTHEW BELL

Matthew's reputation as an attorney is one who thoroughly understands the law and diligently advocates to advance his client's interests. His practice primarily focuses on representing clients in family law matters. He has assisted hundreds of clients in divorce, custody, guardianship, and termination of parental rights cases. For more on Matthew's experience click here.

 
ELLY HENDRIKSEN

Elly is a skilled attorney who specializes in divorce and criminal law. Spending the majority of her career in the courtroom, Elly understands how to effectively advocate for her clients who find themselves in the toughest of situations. Elly has successfully guided clients through trials and difficult hearings in front of judges and commissioners, and has expertly negotiated cases through hundreds of hours of mediation. For more on Elly's experience click here.