Binghamton Child Abuse Lawyers
Defending Against Child Abuse Allegations
If a child is allegedly abused, mistreated, or neglected, a parent/spouse can file a family offense petition on the child’s behalf against the offending parent/spouse. Likewise, there are occasions when the Department of Social Services (DSS) or Child Protective Services (CPS) becomes involved and investigates allegations of child abuse, mistreatment, or neglect.
An indicated finding by CPS can negatively impact your ability to retain or obtain certain employment or your eligibility to become a foster parent. An indicated finding by CPS can be challenged – but do not wait. You need to act fast by contacting our Binghamton child abuse attorneys.
Contact Jackson Bergman, LLP today at (607) 367-7055 so that our ferocious criminal defense attorneys can protect your child and your family.
Conduct underlying a family offense petition or a CPS investigation can also lead to criminal charges. Another factor that makes the legal team of Jackson Bergman, LLP unique is that you are represented by a law firm where its partners are both former prosecutors from the Broome County District Attorney’s Office. When the partners left the Broome County District Attorney’s Office, they both held the title of Senior Assistant District Attorneys. As former prosecutors and current defense attorneys, we have dealt with cases ranging from traffic tickets to child abuse to domestic violence and beyond.
Motivation for Making False Claims
One unfortunate fact about child abuse allegations is that they are not all true, in contrast to conventional wisdom. Young children can often become exploited and coerced into the plans of adults who have corrupt motives. Because children are very susceptible to suggestion, they will often respond out of fear or desire to please adults. In many cases, children do not need to be directly coached in order to accidentally give statements that imply they are being abused, even if such incidents never took place.
Tragically, adults have repeatedly exploited and encouraged children to falsely claim they have been abused for many reasons, including:
- Trying to get more leverage in a battle over custody
- Seeking to get vengeance on someone for a perceived injury
- Publicly shaming a person or destroying their reputation
- Trying to extort or blackmail someone
- Attempting to eject a person from the house
- Seeking to remove a person from their authoritative or social role (such as a principal, doctor, coach, etc.)
Whatever the reason is for a parent, spouse, family member, or even a former friend making an accusation against you, coaching a child to start a false allegation of abuse is one of the most exploitive behaviors someone could have, and is itself a type of abuse. Do not let your reputation and life get destroyed by someone’s purposeful deception, or even by an honest mistake. You can definitely challenge such threatening claims, but the challenge must occur in a timely fashion. Jackson Bergman, LLP is ready to help make sure that you receive true justice and a fair trial.