Lonely child sitting on play park playground benchRecently, Brad Pitt has been under fire in the news because his ex Angelina Jolie accused him of being verbally abusive with one of the couple’s children, as well as becoming physically abusive while they were flying on their private plane. Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services spokesman Armand Montiel said that, as of now, they cannot confirm or deny investigations. However, Brad Pitt has been taking the allegations very seriously and complying with the full investigation. Because the alleged abuse incident happened in the air, the case was handed over to the FBI for investigation and the FBI will now make a determination of whether or not the case will be pursued.

What should I expect from a child abuse case?

Are you in a similar situation where you have been accused of child abuse? We can help you understand the case that you are dealing with and help you through the tedious process of child abuse cases. When the courts make a determination in a child abuse case, they will ask many questions. For instance, did the abuse result in an imminent risk or serious harm to a child’s health and welfare? Did it affect a child who is under 18? Did it take place by a parent or caregiver who is responsible for the child’s welfare?

If you have been charged with this heinous crime on any level (physical, sexual, verbal), you may face serious penalties, which is why it is a good idea to have an attorney on your side. Some considerations to be made are the age of the child, the state where the abuse occurred, whether the offense was sexual or not, and whether or not the child was physically injured. In many states, child abuse will be seen as a felony charge but depending on the severity, it may fall in the realm of misdemeanors. If the charges against you are successful, you may face serious consequences that can follow you through your entire life. These include lifetime requirements to register as a sexual offender, termination of parental rights, a criminal record, and supervised visits with the child, or continual involvement with a child protective services agency. Call us today if you have received these serious charges and you need our defense.