Jonesboro Attorneys
Have You Been Accused of Child Abuse? At The Law Office of Paul Ford, we have a 35-year history of fighting for the rights that protect us all.

Jonesboro Child Abuse Lawyer

Defense for Those Accused of Child Abuse in Arizona

Defending yourself against a child abuse charge can be devastating for a parent or caretaker, because all it takes is one misunderstanding to start an avalanche of accusations that result in a criminal charge. While legitimate child abuse is horrendous and should be properly prosecuted in the court of law, many charges are unsubstantiated.

At The Law Office of Paul Ford our Jonesboro criminal defense lawyers represent clients who need effective representation in serious cases involving accusations of child abuse and neglect. With nearly 35 years of combined legal experience, we understand how the repercussions can affect the rest of your life and we’re ready to defend your rights and achieve a favorable outcome.

Call (870) 853-3621 to request a consultation.

What Is Considered Child Abuse?

Under Arizona law 13-3620, 8-201, the following constitutes as abuse:

  • Infliction or allowing of physical injury
  • Impairment of bodily function or disfigurement
  • Serious emotional damage diagnosed by a doctor or psychologist, and as evidenced by severe anxiety, depression, and withdrawal

Abuse comes in many forms: yelling, name calling, hitting, shaking, improper supervision, abandonment, forced viewing of sexual acts, exploitation, and negligent medical care, just to name a few.

Other crimes identified as child abuse in Colorado include:

  • Surgically removing the labia majora, labia minora, vulva, or clitoris of a female child, regardless of ritual, custom, standard practice, or consent
  • Manufacturing a controlled substance in the presence of a child or allowing a child to be in the presence of someone who engages in the manufacturing of a controlled substance

Child Abuse Penalties

If death or injury results from abuse, you may be charged with a felony (ranging from 1 to 5).

  • If you knowingly caused a child’s death, it’s a class 1 felony and you face a minimum sentence of life imprisonment and a maximum of the death penalty.
  • If the abuse was done intentionally or knowingly, it’s a class 4 felony and you face between 1.5 and 3 years in prison.
  • If the abuse was done recklessly, it’s a class 5 felony and you face .75 to 1.5 years in prison.
  • If the abuse was done because of criminal negligence, it’s a class 6 felony and you face .5 to 1.5 years in prison.

A Legal Team You Can Trust

If you are being investigated for child abuse or facing charges, contact our Jonesboro criminal defense lawyers at The Law Office of Paul Ford as soon as possible. We can look at your case and decide what path to take that makes the most sense for you and your family. Our child abuse defense team can work to get your sentence minimized and your penalties reduced so you can move forward with your life.

Call (870) 853-3621 or contact us online to request a consultation.

What Our Clients Are Saying About Us

  • “Outstanding attorney! Highly recommend. ”

    Avvo User

  • “If you are in need of legal representation I strongly suggest Ford and Cook”


  • “Bryce Cook is a very caring lawyer. He takes your problems on as if they were his own.”

    Avvo User

  • “When I was in doubt, Attorney Bryce Dalton Cook came along and worked everything out! ”


  • “Bryce is one of the best lawyers, I have ever dealt with.”

    Avvo User

Contact Our Firm Online

Or Call (870) 853-3621 To Speak With Us Directly.
    • Please enter your name.
    • This isn't a valid phone number.
    • Please enter your email address.
      This isn't a valid email address.
    • Please make a selection.
    • Please enter a message.