Child Abuse Laws and Penalties in North Carolina

Kurtz Blum, PLLC | Raleigh Criminal Lawyers

Child abuse is generally defined as the physical, psychological, emotional or sexual abuse of a minor. In the state of North Carolina, the scope of the law against child abuse is further broadened to include acts that are considered to be delinquent and involve moral turpitude.

Reporting Child Abuse

Any suspicions that a child may be neglected or abused must immediately be reported to the local child protection agency. The case may also be reported to the Director of the Department of Social Services serving the county where the supposed victim lives.

Defending Against Allegations of Child Abuse

For those who are accused of committing child abuse, it is recommended that they get a child abuse lawyer to defend them in court. The penalties can be drastic and severe, including fines, jail time of up to 10 years or more, for felony child abuse.

Other punishments may include the limitation of rights over the child or possibly the actual removal of the child from a parent or guardian’s custody. Should this happen, the child could be put in protective custody with a foster family or a state agency.

Overall, nobody wins in a child abuse case. Having a good child abuse criminal defense lawyer may be your best chance at resolving this issue with as few repercussions on your family as possible.


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