Responding Effectively To Child Abuse Allegations

At Corbett Gwilliam, PLLC, we have experience protecting the rights of those accused of committing child abuse in justice court, district court, and juvenile court.

Our attorneys have the ability to objectively analyze a case and advise their clients as to the best course of action. Whether the best option is to accept a plea deal or to take your case to trial, we will protect your rights and give you sound legal advice so that you can make the best decision possible.

Give us call today for a no-cost consultation about your particular situation. From our office in South Jordan, we serve clients throughout the Salt Lake City area.

How Does The Law Define Child Abuse?

Utah defines child abuse as conduct that harms or threatens to harm a child physically, emotionally to the degree that it seriously impairs the child's growth, development, behavior, or psychological functioning, or sexually. There are two separate arms of the law that investigate and prosecute child abuse. The first arm is law enforcement, including police officers and prosecutors. The second arm of the law is the Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS). The goal of law enforcement is to apprehend and punish child abusers. The goal of DCFS is to protect children from abuse. Both arms are required to work together.

Law enforcement has the authority to bring criminal charges in Utah's justice and district courts. DCFS has authority to bring civil actions in juvenile courts. Criminal charges may result in jail time, fines, and treatment programs for offenders. Civil actions in juvenile courts may result in children being removed from their homes, placement of children in other people's homes, reunification plans, treatment programs for parents and children, the termination of parental rights, and even adoptions.

Taking Steps To Protect Yourself

If you have been accused of committing child abuse, call us to schedule a free consultation with a proven defense lawyer. Or, if you prefer, complete the online form.