Malicious Punishment of a Child in Minneapolis & Saint Paul MN
Malicious punishment of a child is defined as the intentional use of unreasonable force by a child’s parent or caretaker or punishment that is considered cruel or excessive. At Brandt Criminal Defense, we have defended clients charged with malicious punishment in Minneapolis, MN, Saint Paul, MN, Anoka, MN, Hopkins, MN, and surrounding communities.
Malicious punishment charges may either be a gross misdemeanor or felony, depending upon the circumstances. In some cases, charges are elevated to a felony, due to the harm or injuries sustained by the child, the age of the child, or any prior convictions of the defendant.
The charges and potential penalties of being convicted of malicious punishment include:
- Gross Misdemeanor – Up to 1 year in jail and/or a fine of $3,000 for bodily harm that is not substantial. However, if the defendant has prior convictions, this can be elevated to a felony with a punishment of 5 years and/or a fine of $10,000.
- Felony with a penalty of 5 years and/or a $10,000 fine, if there is substantial bodily harm or a child under the age of 4 has sustained bodily harm to the head, neck oreyes, or has multiple bruises.
- Felony with a penalty of 10 years and/or a fine of $20,000 if the child sustains great bodily harm.
These are serious charges that carry serious consequences if convicted. If you’ve been charged with malicious punishment of a child, you need an experienced child abuse lawyer to defend your rights. At Brandt Criminal Defense, we can you put together a plan to help you find the best path forward. We provide free consultations to determine if we are the right criminal attorney for you. Please contact our office at 763-421-6366, if you need a child abuse lawyer in Minneapolis, MN, Saint Paul, MN, Anoka, MN, or Hopkins, MN.
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