There are few accusations more difficult to endure than being accused of the crime of child abuse.  In the State of Utah, any action which might be construed as having caused or threatened harm to a child’s health, be it through neglect or direct abuse, might be considered child abuse.  Consequently, an individual can be accused of child abuse for almost anything, depending on who is reporting the situation and how they are reporting it.  As this particular charge is so potentially damaging to an individual, it is critical that a criminal defense attorney be retained immediately after the charges have been filed, to limit the fallout.

Because child abuse charges are so frowned upon by the general population, they can easily be blown out of proportion by the police and the press.  At The Law Office of Haynes & Fuelling, we have experience dealing with these types of explosive fallout, and work to preserve both the defendant’s public reputation as well as their constitutional rights.  By investigating and exposing critical details in a child abuse case, we are often able to get the charges dismissed outright, and if the defendant’s children have been taken from them as a result of these charges, we fight to ensure that the children are quickly returned to them.

When retained for a new case, our first efforts are directed toward rescheduling the client’s court date to fit the client’s scheduling needs, wherever possible.  Our legal team works hand-in-hand with court clerks across the state, and we can generally secure a new court date within 24 hours.

Once an acceptable date has been set for the hearing, we go to work investigating the prosecution’s case.  Our attorneys tirelessly scrutinize the details of the case, ensuring that the police did not overreact to the situation, that they had reliable witnesses, that no constitutional rights were violated, and so on.  If any weakness exists in the prosecution’s case, we identify them, and when found we use them to minimize the consequences of being charged criminally.

If the prosecution proves unwilling to offer a reasonable agreement - if not dismiss the case outright - we begin to prepare for trial.  Keeping the client informed of each development, we secure expert witnesses, prepare transcripts for evidence, hire private investigators, and more.  Regardless of the difficulties of the case, we present a formidable and informed defense throughout the trial process, up to and including sentencing.

Finally, if a sentence is imposed, we present the clients with all of the options which they still have available to them, from appealing the sentence to a higher court, to clearing the client's records through expungement.  We never consider a case ‘closed,’ until every avenue of defense and recovery have been exhausted.

At The Law Office of Haynes & Fuelling, we are dedicated to providing our clients inside and outside of Utah with a quality criminal defense lawyer at a competitive rate.  After more than twenty years of experience defending and prosecuting criminal law throughout the state, we guarantee effective and competent criminal defense in every case we take.  Contact us now to receive a free consultation with an experienced attorney.


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