Cruelty to Children

Cruelty to Children

In Georgia, the crime of cruelty to children is broken down into three degrees of severity.

Willfully depriving a child of their basic survival needs to the extent of jeopardizing their health and well being, or causing a child cruel or excessive physical or mental harm are all considered first-degree cruelty to children offenses. A first-degree case is a felony and carries a sentence of 5-20 years.

A second-degree cruelty to children charge is brought when a person commits criminal negligence, causing cruel or excessive mental or physical pain. This type of case is a felony and carries a sentence of 1-10 years.

The offense is designated as cruelty to children in the third degree when an individual purposefully allows a child to witness an aggressive felony, battery or any other type of family violence. A third-degree conviction is a misdemeanor that carries a 12 month sentence. A third offense for cruelty to children in the third degree constitutes a felony and carries 1-3 years.

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If you are being charged with or investigated for cruelty to children in Georgia, you should not take these charges lightly. Contact the lawyers at Andersen, Tate & Carr, P.C. for a free, confidential consultation.

Pat McDonough and Trinity Hundredmark are experienced criminal defense attorneys who have seen success in cases involving cruelty to children, child molestation, sexual battery, child pornography, shaken baby syndrome and other difficult charges. With unparalleled experience in these types of cases, our team will work tirelessly to protect your liberty, your reputation and your rights.

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