Child Abuse


Defense against Child Abuse Charges in Texas

Parents, grandparents, and childcare providers like babysitters, day care workers, and teachers can all face serious allegations of child abuse. A conviction based off of these allegations will have devastating consequences, including prison time, heavy fines, lost employment, and even the loss of custodial rights.

Child abuse charges are unique in two respects: first, charges can be pressed based on no evidence apart from

the word of a child. Second, numerous individuals are state-mandated reporters, meaning that if they even suspect an instance of child abuse, they are required to report it to law enforcement agencies. This often means that innocent people face serious criminal allegations.

Individuals suspected these charges are often contacted by Child Protective Services (CPS) before charges are actually filed. CPS will investigate allegations, and these investigations often lead to serious criminal prosecution. Anyone under investigation for child abuse allegations should act as if charges have already been brought, and seek the advice of a skilled, experienced criminal defense attorney.

Steve Shellist is no stranger to defending individuals against child abuse charges. The team at the Shellist Law Firm has successfully cleared their clients of the following allegations:

  • Child neglect
  • Child abandonment
  • DWI with a child in the car
  • Child molestation
  • Sexual assault of a child
  • Aggravated sexual assault of a child

For a confidential consultation, contact The Shellist Law Firm to secure your aggressive criminal defense.