Defending Against Child Neglect And Abuse Charges

An accusation of child neglect or abuse often follows a call by a neighbor, relative, teacher or other professional to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. For a parent, the accusation can be devastating. You could face a humiliating investigation based on nothing more than the word of a person who doesn't know you.

I am Barry M. Lewis, a criminal defense lawyer in Chicago. I represent parents as well as grandparents and other relatives who are accused of child abuse or child neglect. Before you discuss the accusations with police or a child welfare worker, contact me for a free initial telephone consultation about your case.

Criminal And Civil Penalties For Child Abuse Or Neglect

If you are accused of child abuse or neglect, you may face two separate legal actions:

  • A criminal charge, for which you can face fines, jail time and a permanent criminal record
  • A civil case to remove your child from your home

There are defenses to charges of neglect and abuse. For example, you could face accusations of abuse if your child shows up at school or an emergency clinic with unexplained injuries. In many cases, however, the cause of the injuries is highly questionable. Your child may have sustained injuries in an accident or at the hands of another person.

Every person has the right to be presumed innocent. Unfortunately, police and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) are usually concerned about the child's welfare, not about protecting the rights of parents.

Contact An Illinois Child Neglect And Abuse Defense Attorney

If you are charged with child neglect or face child abuse charges, call me 24/7 at 312-574-3357 or fill out our simple contact form to schedule a telephone consultation. I offer flat-fee child neglect and abuse defense.