Daytona Beach Child Abuse Attorney
Defending Against Child Abuse Allegations in FL
The Federal Child Abuse Protection and Treatment Act protect children in the U.S. against individuals who commit child abuse. A child abuse charge is serious and the penalties for a conviction are significant. Buckmaster & Ellzey understands the far-reaching affects a criminal allegation or conviction can have on an offender and family members. A criminal charge can cause loss of employment, loss of child custody following a divorce, and hardships on all parties involved.
An individual charged with a serious child abuse offense should contact a Daytona Beach criminal defense attorney before speaking with authorities and making possible incriminating statements. Our attorneys offer a strong and effective defense for our clients charged with serious criminal offenses. We draw from the experience of working as a prosecutor and offer a unique understanding of both sides of the law when building a defense case.
About Child Abuse and Penalties
Molestation, prostitution, statutory rape, sexual exploitation, and incest are common child abuse offenses. The type of child abuse crime and other factors would determine the severity of punishment if found guilty. A court would consider prior offenses, the use of weapons, illegal drug use, the age of the child, and if the offender caused injuries or death to the child during the abuse crime.
A conviction for a child abuse offense can include:
- Up to 35 years in prison
- Large fines, court costs
- Lifetime parole
- Community service
- Long-term mandatory counseling
A judge may impose other penalties depending on the circumstances of the child abuse occurrence. An individual who physically or verbally abuses a child can have a battle ahead and needs the support from a good defense attorney who is knowledgeable in all aspects concerning child abuse.
Our attorneys know how the court systems work and how to get results for our clients. Our goal is the best possible outcome for our clients considering the seriousness of the criminal charges. At Buckmaster & Ellzey, we fight for the rights of our clients and defend their freedoms when they face child abuse charges. Make an appointment today for a consultation with a qualified child abuse lawyer.
Contact a Daytona Beach child abuse lawyer for legal representation against child abuse accusations
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Q: If I’ve Been Arrested, What Rights Do I Have?A: In our country, being arrested does not deprive you of the many rights you have as a citizen. When you were arrested, you should have been informed of your Miranda Rights. You may ask the police officer why you are being arrested and can refuse to answer questions regarding the charges. You have the right to an attorney and the right to a fair and speedy trial. Using a qualified and experienced Daytona Beach criminal defense attorney will work to your advantage in ensuring your rights are protected.
Why Should I Hire an Attorney to Represent Me?
In the case of Buckmaster & Ellzey, we have prosecuted thousands of cases as an Assistant State Attorney. On the side of criminal defense, we have defended hundreds of individuals, such as you, that have faced charges for criminal offenses. Having served on both sides gives us a unique opportunity to fight for our clients.
We understand how prosecutors operate, the types of evidence that they will bring forth and what arguments they are likely to pursue in a criminal case. This first-hand knowledge allows us to better prepare and successfully resolve cases.
What Are the Differences Between a Misdemeanor and a Felony?Generally, misdemeanors are considered minor offenses. The fines for them will be relatively small and any time spent in jail will be in terms of weeks or months, not years. A felony conviction can result in steep fines, probation, parole and prison sentences for years. They can remain on your permanent record and may adversely affect future educational and employment opportunities. With the assistance of an attorney who is willing to aggressively defend your rights, felony charges can sometimes be reduced to misdemeanors.
What Happens Now That I’ve Been Charged With an Offense?The first step will be what is known as an arraignment. A judge will tell you the charges against you and there are many decisions that will need to be made at this time, such as how you will plea to the charges, what bail will be set at and others. We understand that facing criminal charges can be tough and would like you to take advantage of our experience to help you successfully navigate through the criminal justice system.
How Are Child Support and Alimony Calculated in Florida?If you are going through a divorce, you may be concerned about how much child support or alimony you can receive or will be expected to pay. Alimony is ordered to ensure that both spouses have an equal opportunity of maintaining the same standard of living they enjoyed during the marriage. The higher-earning spouse makes payments to the lower-earning spouse. The amount of the payment is determined based on one party’s need and the other party’s ability to pay. This involves the consideration of a variety of factors, including the length of the marriage, each party’s contribution to the marriage, and the ability of the unemployed spouse to obtain work. Child support, on the other hand, is determined based on Florida’s statutory guidelines. To calculate a child support payment, the court considers the total income of both parties, minus any deductions. The child support order is ultimately determined by what amount is needed to cover the child’s basic living expenses, including food, shelter, childcare, education, and healthcare.
Well-Versed in the Legal Process and Protocols
“He is well-versed in the legal process and protocols. Fortunately, the criminal complaint made against me was frivolous and without merit. Even so, I was able to sleep much better knowing that Jeremy was in my corner.”
They Had My Back
“Not every case works in your favor but knowing you have the right attorney to fight on your behalf is vital. Thankfully having Buckmaster & Ellzey have my back was a success.”
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“Mr. Buckmaster was thorough in explaining legal jargon and procedures that were very alien to me. He was able to suggest my best courses of action and get my charges to a more manageable place so I could have a shot at a good future in society.”
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“Jeremy worked hard and smart to get only the best results. Another thing that stood out and was most appreciated was the excellent communication, by phone, email, regular mail, and in person. I always knew what was going on in a timely and efficient manner”
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