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Child Abuse Lawyer

For over twenty-five years, Robert L. Lichtenstein, Esquire, has represented countless individuals, who were charged with Child Abuse and/or Child Neglect.
Call our expert firm today if you, or someone you know have been accused of, have a warrant, or are under investigation for:
  • Injury to a Child
  • Child Endangerment
  • Child Abandonment
  • Child Neglect
  • Injury to Disabled Person
  • Injury to Elderly
  • Child Protective Services Involvement
Our Child Abuse / Neglect Law Firm handles a broad spectrum of crimes in which the Complainants are the weakest members of our community – children, the elderly and the disabled, and we do it with compassion for the Defendant, who is often a relative to the Complainant and loves the Complainant very much – despite the allegations, which are often false or greatly exaggerated.
After decades of experience handling Child Abuse, Child Endangerment and Child Abandonment cases throughout the State of Virginia, we recognize and understand the pressures families are under today that can lead to circumstances which make great fodder for prosecution in the courts.

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Such cases often involve ancillary Child Protective Services intervention.  We are skilled and experienced in advising our clients on how to best handle the Social Services bureaucratic quagmire.
Draconian laws exist that often make the State the Enforcer and giving it too much authority and control over the lives of families.
We are experienced in all events, including when…
  • the State has clearly overstepped the bounds of family rights and of reason
  • there are true mitigating conditions, such as –
    • Limited access to the child
    • Interference by the other parent
    • Circumstances beyond the parent’s control
    • the facts and evidence are absolutely in our client’s favor

Types of Maltreatment Children Suffer

Maltreatment can take many forms, and some children can suffer from more than one type. Since 1999, the majority of children confirmed to be victims of child maltreatment experienced neglect. The following are the percentages of children who experienced maltreatment in 2005 (USDHHS, 2007):
Neglect
62.8%
Physical abuse
16.6%
Sexual abuse
9.3%
Emotional/psychological abuse
7.1%
Medical neglect
2.0%
Other
14.3%

 

The ‘Other’ category listed above includes abandonment, threats to harm the child, congenital drug addiction and other situations that are not counted as specific categories in NCANDS. The percentages here add up to more than 100 percent because some children were victims of more than one type of maltreatment.

Child Neglect Lawyer

 

Demographics of Child Victims

Boys and girls are equally likely to suffer maltreatment. In 2005, 47.3 percent of child victims were male, and 50.7 percent were female. Victimization rates were highest among the youngest population of children, birth to 3 years, at a rate of 16.5 per 1,000 children (USDHHS, 2007).
In 2005, 49.7 percent of children who were maltreated were white, 23.1 percent were African American, and 17.4 percent were Hispanic. American Indians and Alaska Natives accounted for 1.2 percent of victims, and Asian-Pacific Islanders accounted for less than 1 percent of victims (USDHHS, 2007).
Approximately 10 percent of the children in this country have a disability or chronic illness. The incidence of abuse and neglect among these children is twice as high as it is among average children (Child Welfare Information Gateway, 2006).
What Influences Child Abuse and Neglect?
Child abuse and neglect are not confined to any particular socioeconomic class, race or ethnicity, or religion. Children younger than 4 are at the greatest risk of severe injury or death. There are a number of situations that place children at particular risk for being abused or neglected, including:
  • Parents who were themselves abused as children
  • Teenage parents
  • Parental or family substance abuse
  • Parental depression, stress, or other mental health problems
  • Family violence, such as intimate partner violence
  • Unemployment and poverty
  • Community violence
  • Family isolation
  • Parents who lack knowledge of child development and children’s needs
  • Lack of caregiver support for dealing with children with disabilities or developmental delays

§ 18.2-371.1

Abuse and neglect of children; penalty; abandoned infant

A. Any parent, guardian, or other person responsible for the care of a child under the age of 18 who by willful act or willful omission or refusal to provide any necessary care for the child’s health causes or permits serious injury to the life or health of such child is guilty of a Class 4 felony. For purposes of this subsection, “serious injury” includes but is not limited to (i) disfigurement, (ii) a fracture, (iii) a severe burn or laceration, (iv) mutilation, (v) maiming, (vi) forced ingestion of dangerous substances, and (vii) life-threatening internal injuries. For purposes of this subsection, “willful act or willful omission” includes operating or engaging in the conduct of a child welfare agency as defined in § 63.2-100 without first obtaining a license such person knows is required by Subtitle IV (§ 63.2-1700 et seq.) of Title 63.2 or after such license has been revoked or has expired and not been renewed.
B.
1. Any parent, guardian, or other person responsible for the care of a child under the age of 18 whose willful act or omission in the care of such child was so gross, wanton, and culpable as to show a reckless disregard for human life is guilty of a Class 6 felony.

2. If a prosecution under this subsection is based solely on the accused parent having left the child at a hospital or emergency medical services agency, it shall be an affirmative defense to prosecution of a parent under this subsection that such parent safely delivered the child to a hospital that provides 24-hour emergency services or to an attended emergency medical services agency that employs emergency medical services personnel, within the first 14 days of the child’s life. In order for the affirmative defense to apply, the child shall be delivered in a manner reasonably calculated to ensure the child’s safety.
C. Any parent, guardian, or other person having care, custody, or control of a minor child who in good faith is under treatment solely by spiritual means through prayer in accordance with the tenets and practices of a recognized church or religious denomination shall not, for that reason alone, be considered in violation of this section.

Elder Abuse

 

Elder abuse is a growing epidemic. The National Center on Elder Abuse and the Administration on Aging estimate that over two million seniors are abused each year. Here in Virginia, the Virginia Department of Adult Protective Services receives over 12,000 reports of elder abuse a year with over 60 percent requiring intervention. However, knowing an exact number of cases is very challenging as only a fraction of victims report their abuse.

Why Hire Child Abuse Attorney?

Often hiring an attorney at the earliest stage of the case can prevent an unjust prosecution. Your attorney can provide exculpatory evidence to the investigating officers before they make a determination. Also in the early stages of the case, your attorney can contact the prosecutor to discuss the case before any filing decision has been made. Make sure all avenues of fighting the charges are available in your case.

Child abuse allegations can rip a family apart. Law enforcement officers who investigate claims of child abuse often make mistakes in distinguishing the genuine victims of child abuse from children with a false or exaggerated claim of being disciplined by an adult. The determination is made more difficult when a child has been coached by another adult to make the false or exaggerated claims.

A criminal defense lawyer can help the parents defend themselves against baseless child abuse charges. An experienced  child abuse and neglect attorney can help a person arrested and charged with child abuse in one or more of the following ways:

  • Dealing with law enforcement and prosecutors on your behalf
  • Come into a case at any stage and prepare for the trial representation
  • Make every effort to resolve your case without a trial through dismissal
  • Find a way to have the charges reduced through plea bargaining
  • Find any alternative to sentencing medium

The penalties for child abuse are severe. You can get a criminal record, incur fines, and lose custody of your children. The importance of obtaining legal counsel to defend you against child abuse allegations cannot be stated enough.

 


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222 North Main Street, Suite 300

Post Office Box 1447

Hopewell, Virginia 23860

(804) 452-5424

Lichlaw@hotmail.com


Wonderful Experience

You guys were great! Not only did you get my ticket taken care of wonderfully, you treated me like a life long friend and not just a client or a number. Thank you again!

C. Scroggins

5.0
2015-07-15T17:15:09+00:00

C. Scroggins

You guys were great! Not only did you get my ticket taken care of wonderfully, you treated me like a life long friend and not just a client or a number. Thank you again!

Works Hard

Great attorney. He will work hard for you.

S. Readmond

5.0
2016-07-08T10:44:13+00:00

S. Readmond

Great attorney. He will work hard for you.

Gracious!

My family, friends, and I thank you for your outstanding legal service!

A. Lichtman

5.0
2016-07-08T10:47:50+00:00

A. Lichtman

My family, friends, and I thank you for your outstanding legal service!

Best Lawyer

Thanks a lot for all you have done. I really appreciated it all. Y'all are the best.

T. Kruger

5.0
2016-07-12T09:54:16+00:00

T. Kruger

Thanks a lot for all you have done. I really appreciated it all. Y'all are the best.

Kept My CDL

As a truck driver with a CDL, I chose Robert LIchtenstein because he valued my CDL as much as I did. He went to bat for me and not only did he exceed my expectations, but he gained a client for life. Thank you so much!

A. Gilliam

5.0
2015-07-15T17:13:08+00:00

A. Gilliam

As a truck driver with a CDL, I chose Robert LIchtenstein because he valued my CDL as much as I did. He went to bat for me and not only did he exceed my expectations, but he gained a client for life. Thank you so much!

Great Character

Thank you! I appreciate everything you did for me.

J. Freeman

5.0
2016-07-08T10:45:33+00:00

J. Freeman

Thank you! I appreciate everything you did for me.

The Best!

I had enough to worry about before my military deployment and thank you so much for getting my ticket taken care of without my appearance. I was worried that I was going to have to drive up from NC, but you took care of it without my appearance and helped alleviate some of my worries. If I need anyone in the future, I know where to go.

G. Rodriguez

5.0
2015-07-15T17:14:07+00:00

G. Rodriguez

I had enough to worry about before my military deployment and thank you so much for getting my ticket taken care of without my appearance. I was worried that I was going to have to drive up from NC, but you took care of it without my appearance and helped alleviate some of my worries. If I need anyone in the future, I know where to go.

Couldn’t Be Happier

Living in New Hampshire I was nervous about finding an attorney in Virginia. I attempted to contact several attorneys before talking to Chris in this office. He took time with me and reminded me of my grandson. After speaking with this office, my nervousness and fears were diminished and Robert got my traffic matter handled without my appearance. I am very appreciative. When you call ask for Chris, he was great with me. Blessings to your firm from New Hampshire.

W. Royster

5.0
2015-07-15T17:11:44+00:00

W. Royster

Living in New Hampshire I was nervous about finding an attorney in Virginia. I attempted to contact several attorneys before talking to Chris in this office. He took time with me and reminded me of my grandson. After speaking with this office, my nervousness and fears were diminished and Robert got my traffic matter handled without my appearance. I am very appreciative. When you call ask for Chris, he was great with me. Blessings to your firm from New Hampshire.

5 Stars!

M. Jennings

5.0
2016-07-08T10:46:24+00:00

M. Jennings

The Best.

A. Church

5.0
2016-07-08T10:49:14+00:00

A. Church

Thanks

Thanks for freeing my dad!!!

- Chelsea

5.0
2016-07-12T09:55:11+00:00

- Chelsea

Thanks for freeing my dad!!!

Great Job!

W. Crusan

5.0
2016-07-08T10:49:45+00:00

W. Crusan

Vindication

I was ticketed for an accident that I didn't even cause. My insurance company paid for the other vehicle, but I was given a ticket to appear in court. I had never been in trouble before, and I was extremely nervous.  Robert appeared in court with me and I was finally able to get vindication, as the accident was not my fault. Thank you so much.

S. Pegram

5.0
2015-07-15T17:24:32+00:00

S. Pegram

I was ticketed for an accident that I didn't even cause.

Awesome Customer Service

Awesome customer service... I live out of state and this office treated me like family. They were up front , honest and helped me understand the situation with my tickets and spoke on my behalf when contacting the courthouse. I was trying to deal with things last minute and could've been taken advantage of due to not understanding VA law or court process yet I was given honest council and advice .

R. Clark

5.0
2016-07-05T13:24:28+00:00

R. Clark

Awesome customer service... I live out of state and this office treated me like family. They were up front , honest and helped me understand the situation with my tickets and spoke on my behalf when contacting the courthouse. I was trying to deal with things last minute and could've been taken advantage of due to not understanding VA law or court process yet I was given honest council and advice .

Thanks.

C. Smith

5.0
2016-07-08T10:48:31+00:00

C. Smith

Great Result!

"Great Result and all I had to do was get you a copy of my driving record! Thank you."

T. Barncroft

5.0
2015-07-15T17:07:54+00:00

T. Barncroft

"Great Result and all I had to do was get you a copy of my driving record! Thank you."

My Future

Thank you so much for your assistance with this matter. Most importantly thank you for caring about my future. Without your representation I woul dnever have received such a favorable result.  Your representation was excellent.

E. Daugherty

5.0
2015-08-05T14:15:55+00:00

E. Daugherty

Thank you so much for your assistance with this matter. Most importantly thank you for caring about my future. Without your representation I woul dnever have received such a favorable result.  Your representation was excellent.

Thank you so much!

We really appreciate everything that you did for our child.  We couldn't have asked for anything more.

C. Daughtery

5.0
2015-08-04T13:37:53+00:00

C. Daughtery

We really appreciate everything that you did for our child.  We couldn't have asked for anything more.

Great Lawyer

Robert is a great lawyer. He listens and more importantly understands your unique situation which enables him to provide the best legal assistance for your particular need. Thanks again Robert. What a Great service you provided me.

M. Taggart

5.0
2016-07-08T10:43:09+00:00

M. Taggart

Robert is a great lawyer. He listens and more importantly understands your unique situation which enables him to provide the best legal assistance for your particular need. Thanks again Robert. What a Great service you provided me.

My Attorney for Life

I have a lead foot and I found myself with a ticket and facing unknown fines and costs. Robert went to court with me and saved me money and headaches... Thank you Lich

C. Pegram

5.0
2015-07-15T17:17:27+00:00

C. Pegram

I have a lead foot and I found myself with a ticket and facing unknown fines and costs. Robert went to court with me and saved me money and headaches... Thank you Lich

Honored

We are honored to have your represent our son!

A. Conover

5.0
2015-08-04T13:39:01+00:00

A. Conover

We are honored to have your represent our son!

Very Professional

Mr. Lichtenstein is very professional with his client, he keeps contact with you and best of all he WINS your case! If I ever need him again (Praying I wont) I will call on him, and recommend him to others!

S. Trexler

5.0
2015-07-15T17:21:09+00:00

S. Trexler

Mr. Lichtenstein is very professional with his client, he keeps contact with you and best of all he WINS your case! If I ever need him again (Praying I wont) I will call on him, and recommend him to others!
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