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Child Abuse in Las Vegas

Child abuse is a form of domestic violence when it unfolds within the confines of a home or occurs among family members. It's important to recognize that domestic violence involving child victims may harm both the children themselves as well as all individuals entangled in these distressing situations. Conversely, being wrongly accused can leave long-standing consequences for the reputation of the person in question.

Being accused of child abuse is an emotionally and legally harrowing experience. It can turn your life upside down, affecting not only your reputation but also your relationships and livelihood. In such challenging times, it's vital to remember that you are not alone. Goodman Law Group is dedicated to providing the accused with information, guidance, and support to navigate the legal system with resilience, dignity, and a commitment to justice. Whether you are a resident of Las Vegas or any of the surrounding communities in Clark County, let our firm equip you with the knowledge and resources you need to defend your innocence and protect your future.

If you or someone you know is facing allegations of child abuse, don’t navigate this complex legal situation alone. Contact Goodman Law Group at (702) 825-7854 for representation.

What Is Child Abuse in Nevada?

Child abuse and neglect, as defined by Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) 432B, encompass a range of acts that can inflict harm upon children. These acts are carried out with varying degrees of intention and include physical and mental injury, sexual abuse or exploitation, maltreatment, negligence, and excessive corporal punishment.

Physical Injury

NRS 200.4631 provides a detailed breakdown of what constitutes physical injury in the context of child abuse. It involves actions that lead to tangible harm to a child's physical well-being. This can manifest as sprains; dislocations; cartilage damage; bone fractures; hemorrhages; and disfigurements, such as puncture wounds, burns, or bite marks. These injuries can result from actions like punching, kicking, or other forms of physical violence directed towards the child.

Mental Injury

As described in the same statute, mental injuries occurs when a child is subjected to psychological harm. This can include taunting, threats, confinement, or instances where physical harm is inflicted upon the child, causing emotional distress and trauma. In the eyes of the law, mental injury can be just as detrimental as physical harm, and the effects can be long-lasting.

Sexual Abuse

Identified by NRS 200.4631, sexual abuse of a minor encompasses various forms of sexual assault. This includes acts such as penetration, lewd conduct, sadomasochistic abuse, open or gross lewdness, mutilation of a child's private body parts, and child pornography. These acts violate a child's physical and emotional boundaries and are heavily prosecuted by both state and federal courts.



Maltreatment and Negligence

These are broad categories that encompass various forms of mistreatment towards children. This can range from abandonment and neglect, where a child is left to suffer without adequate care, food, or supervision, to the acts specified above, such as physical and sexual abuse. 

Excessive Corporal Punishment 

This is a practice where a child is subjected to extreme physical discipline, often in the guise of chastisement. Many parents or guardians employ these actions as disciplinary measures, unaware that they are crossing the line into child abuse and neglect.

To be succinct, child abuse and neglect, as outlined by Nevada statutes, encompass a wide spectrum of harmful actions that can have lasting consequences for children. Recognizing these forms of abuse can guide you in understanding the ramifications of being accused of child abuse. 

Penalties for Domestic Violence with Child Abuse in Las Vegas

In Nevada, child abuse is met with significant legal charges, designed to send a clear message to individuals who engage in or contemplate harming children. This stringent approach serves as a deterrent against crimes targeting children, emphasizing the gravity of these offenses and the community's commitment to safeguarding its youngest members. 

Child abuse is considered a felony crime, classified by severity as follows: 

  • Category A: Per Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) 200.508, deliberately subjecting a child under the age of 14 to endure abuse and neglect, resulting in substantial bodily harm, carries severe legal consequences. 
  • Category B: When the abuse and neglect inflicted upon a child does not result in significant physical or mental harm.

Category A felonies come with the possibility of life imprisonment. However, the sentencing range can be modified based on specific circumstances. Depending on the case, the sentence can be adjusted to a minimum of two years or extended up to a maximum of 20 years in prison.

In cases where a child has not suffered substantial physical or mental harm as a result of the abuse and neglect, the charges are categorized as a less severe category B felony. The sentencing for this offense is as follows:

  • First-Time Offenders: Penalties include a prison term that ranges from 1 to 6 years, acknowledging the potential for rehabilitation.
  • Repeat Offenders: Whether it’s the same violation or convictions for other crimes, penalties for subsequent convictions escalate to a prison sentence of 2 to 15 years.

When child abuse and neglect lead to the untimely death of a child, charges can escalate to first-degree murder. In Nevada, conviction for first-degree murder carries an automatic sentence of life imprisonment, without the possibility of parole. 

Our experienced attorneys can protect your rights and ensure a fair process. Contact us to schedule your consultation today. 

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