Anaheim Child Abuse Attorney

Accused of child abuse? Let us help protect your rights.

False accusations can be detrimental to an individual's personal and professional life, especially if these accusations involve allegations of child abuse. If you are convicted for such a charge, not only will you likely be facing harsh sentencing, but you may also face losing your children. At The Law Office of Barney B. Gibbs, we are dedicated to protecting the rights of the accused and do everything in our power to ensure that our clients are not wrongfully convicted.


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Our domestic violence lawyers in Orange County understand that situations often get out of hand; however, we believe that no one should ever have to cope with false allegations of child abuse. Our primary attorney, Barney Gibbs, has seen more than 2,500 cases. Throughout his extensive experience, he has seen many cases of child abuse that involve an angry partner's unjust accusations or a nosy neighbor's misinterpretation. He will represent your case with compassion and without judgment and ensure that you see a fair trial.

Understanding Child Abuse Accusations

In order to fully ensure that your rights are protected, it is important to understand the California laws that govern child abuse. Bringing any form of physical harm to a child through "cruel or inhuman corporal punishment" or injuring them to the point of trauma is illegal under California Penal Code § 273d. § 270 of the California penal code says that parents with minor children can be charged with child abuse if they willfully fail to provide:

  • Necessary clothing
  • Food
  • Shelter
  • Medical attendance

Accusations and charges of such an offense can be made against an offender by a family member, friend, teacher, physician or anyone else who suspects that a parent or other household member is abusing the child. When this happens, an investigation takes place to determine whether or not the allegations are true and, if there are reasonable grounds, charges may be filed.

Penalties for Child Abuse

If a person is convicted of child abuse, the punishment for a first offense is imprisonment for two, four or six years, a fine of up to $6,000, or both. A second offense within 10 years, however, will increase the prison sentence by four years. Such a conviction could cause irreparable damage to a person's criminal record, not to mention their family relationships. Restraining orders could be taken out against them by the other parent, and finding a job could be difficult due to their criminal record. Don't hesitate to retain a competent Anaheim criminal lawyer today if you've been falsely accused, or if you're facing charges of child abuse.

Defending Your Charges

Our team of legal professionals have the tools and resources that you need to feel confident in your defense. We will fully investigate and analyze the circumstances of your case to build a personalized and aggressive defense against wrongful accusations. As an experienced and successful lawyer, Mr. Gibbs knows that the burden of proof in a child abuse case lies with the prosecution and will do everything in our power to make that job difficult.

Possible defenses against your child abuse charges include:

  • The injury was caused by an innocent accident
  • Another child caused the injury
  • Reasonable discipline caused no bodily injury
  • Religious beliefs regarding treatment
  • Psychological issues of the accuser

Find a Child Abuse Lawyer in Orange County, CA

Fight accusations of domestic violence today by calling Attorney Barney B. Gibbs for the aggressive defense needed to obtain a dismissal of your case. For nearly three decades, we have worked almost daily in the Orange County courts and handled more than 2,500 defense cases. Our extensive and exclusive defense experience has provided us with excellent insight into what strategies work best, so call now to learn what could be done to defend you. Protect your reputation, your career and your relationships by contacting our firm today!