Minneapolis Domestic Assault Lawyer
Malicious punishment of a child occurs when a legal guardian, parent, or caretaker uses unreasonable force or cruel discipline that is considered excessive. This offense is a Gross Misdemeanor, with a maximum penalty of 1 year in jail and a $3,000 fine. If you have been accused of malicious punishment of a child, you need an experienced Minnesota domestic violence attorney representing you.
Fighting Malicious Punishment Charges
Although this offense is Gross Misdemeanor, it can be enhanced to a Felony if there is a prior conviction within the past 5 years. Even if it is a first offense, the charge can be a Felony if the child sustained substantial bodily harm. See: Minn.Stat. 609.377
Malicious punishment of a child can be difficult to prove. Every family and culture has its own view on what constitutes appropriate punishment for a child when they misbehave. What is considered normal in one culture may be considered abusive in another.As a result of the subjective nature and the divergent views on what is considered malicious, these cases can be negotiated or the charges dismissed.
Contact Attorney Carson J. Heefner Today
Carson J. Heefner has over 20 years experience representing individuals charged with Malicious Punishment of a Child and domestic assault defense. If you or someone you know has been charged with this offense, contact Carson at 612-202-8971 or firstname.lastname@example.org for a free consultation.