Child abuse charges are very often filed on the flimsiest of bases. There is little evidence in many of these cases, but you could be charged with child abuse in a variety of situations. For instance, if you left your child alone in a car for five minutes when you bought something from a store, or if you were involved in a domestic altercation with your spouse right in front of your child, you could be charged with child abuse.
What makes the situation even more challenging is that social workers, teachers, doctors and other professionals are required to report evidence of child abuse when they see it. For instance, a teacher who sees bruises on the arm of a child may report her concerns that the child is being abused. Often times, these cases are built on very poor foundations. If you have been charged with child abuse, speak to a Denver criminal defense attorney.
Using physical discipline in order to discipline your child is legal in Colorado. You can legally spank your child, and under the law, parents are well within their rights, to use reasonable and appropriate force in order to enforce discipline. It’s important for a Denver criminal defense attorney to establish that you were using reasonable and appropriate force, and were not being cruel or negligent to the child.