Very often, if children are present during an argument, or even are just simply in the house, and the police are called and make a family violence arrest, you can find yourself facing an additional charge of cruelty to children. Most commonly, the charge in a typical family violence case will be one of Cruelty to Children in the 3rd Degree.
Cruelty to Children in the 3rd Degree occurs when a person who is the primary aggressor intentionally allows a child under the age of eighteen (18) to witness a forcible felony, battery or family violence battery, or commits a forcible felony, battery or family violence battery when the child is present and sees or hears the act. Cruelty to Children in the 3rd degree is a misdemeanor carrying a maximum of twelve (12) months in jail for a first or second conviction. A third conviction for this offense is a felony carrying one (1) to three (3) years in prison. As an experienced Atlanta domestic violence attorney, Andrew B. Margolis is here to help.
Charges of Cruelty to Children in the 3rd Degree are almost always accompanied by other family violence charges. Conviction for child cruelty charges can be disastrous if you are in the middle of or contemplating child custody proceedings. Atlanta domestic violence attorney Andrew B. Margolis has an extremely high rate of success in getting this type of charge dropped or reduced. If you are facing charges of child cruelty or other family violence charges, call The Margolis Legal Group, P.C. today for your free consultation.