What to Do When Arrested for Injury To A Child
Getting arrested is scary enough and getting arrested for a felony can be even more daunting.
Under Texas law, a person commits an offense if he intentionally, knowingly, recklessly, or with criminal negligence, by act or intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly by omission, causes to a child, elderly individual, or disabled individual:
(1) serious bodily injury;
(2) serious mental deficiency, impairment, or injury; or
(3) bodily injury.
Someone that is charged with Injury to a Child can face up to ten years in prison if convicted and can be a first degree felony (5-99 years) if done intentionally or knowingly so it’s very important to get working on the case as soon as possible.
#1 Call an Attorney
By far, the first thing you or a loved one needs to do is contact an attorney.
That attorney should first instruct you to document the event to the best of your recollection as well as identify any individuals that were there and take their statements.
#3 Take Photographs
Juries have become accustomed to a certain amount of evidence in a criminal trial. While the prosecution is going to bring in their evidence, and you need to bring yours. You need to be prepared as well by documenting the scene as thorough as possible.
#4 Identify Age of Any Bruising
Young children at play bruise rather easily and often. The age of a bruise is pivotal to determine whether the bruise is from some sort of abuse or rather the result of horseplay with another child. Plenty of factors go into determining the age of a bruise such as skin tone, color, distance of the perpetrator from the injured, force, parental history, and more. Attacking this evidence is a proven way to demonstrate to the jury your innocence.
In the end, contacting an experienced attorney early in the process is pivotal in these kinds of cases. When shopping for an attorney, be sure to dive into their experience level with these complex cases.