People accused of child abuse get a raw deal in Michigan. And before you get angry about that statement, take a moment and hear us out. We’re not suggesting that actual child abusers get an easy ride. As parents as well as attorneys, we understand how valuable children are. It’s just that we also know that a substantial number of people accused of child abuse are actually innocent. So when we read about changes moving through the legislature that would make punishments even more harsh for people convicted of child abuse, we can’t help but think about the many clients we’ve represented over the years who are truly innocent.
What would the new law mean for convicted child abusers?
Senate Bill 0029 was unanimously approved just a few days ago, which if signed into law, would create longer prison sentences for certain repeat offenders. Should this bill make it all the way past the governor’s desk, it would set new maximum prison terms for anyone convicted of Third- or Fourth-Degree Child Abuse, following a prior conviction. It’s important to remember that sentencing guidelines are just that – guidelines. Michigan Judges wouldn’t be required to pass longer sentences for repeat offenders, this law would simply give them the option of doing so where they believed it was necessary.
How would the law change for repeat offenders in Michigan?
Under current Michigan law, anyone convicted of Third Degree Child Abuse, whether it’s a first or second time offense, is facing up to two years behind bars. Under the new law this would rise to five years for a second offense. Fourth Degree Child Abuse, on the other hand, is currently a one year misdemeanor for both first time offenders and repeat offenders. Under the new proposed legislation, sentencing guidelines for repeat offenders would increase to a two year misdemeanor.
Child Abuse is a very serious crime to be accused of!
Whether it’s your first time, or your fourth time, being accused of hurting or neglecting a child is a big deal in Michigan. While there has been a slow move towards decreasing prison time for drug charges and non violent crimes in Michigan, child abuse is still considered to be one of the worst things a person can do, and the shift seems to be towards harsher penalties. The only way to fight these allegations and protect your future, is to hire an attorney who specializes in child abuse defense, and everything that entails.
You don’t have to do this alone! We’re here to help.
So if you or a loved one have been accused of harming or neglecting a child, don’t try to go it alone! You’re going to need help from seasoned experts with decades of experience and an long track record of success. You’re going to need The Kronzek Firm. Call 866 766 5245 right now and talk to one of our skilled child abuse and neglect defense attorneys. We’re available 24/7, holidays and weekends, to help you during this dark and scary time.