Child & Elder Abuse
Teachers, healthcare workers, even guardians and parents can find themselves facing charges of child abuse and elder neglect when people misinterpret actions or information. The child abuse lawyers and elder neglect attorneys at the Irvine law firm of Pilchman & Kay, PLC understand how overzealous social workers, hospital staff, school administrators, and others can use circumstantial evidence as a basis for making abuse allegations. Since doctors are required to report what they deem suspicious injuries, innocent people can find themselves subject to investigation -- especially if they take care of elderly patients suffering from dehydration, bed sores, or broken bones. We investigate the allegations against our clients in order to exonerate them of any and all charges.
Our attorneys were former DA’s in the Physical & Sexual Assault of Children Unit. We have tremendous amounts of experience working with law enforcement, social workers, county criminalists, pathologist and other medical experts dealing with abuse. We know what is needed to prosecute abuse cases so we know what evidence to attack and question. Protect yourself and your rights -- contact the Irvine law office of Pilchman & Kay, PLC today. Our child abuse lawyers and elder abuse attorneys will evaluate your case and what should be done to fight the charges against you.
Child and Elder Abuse Criminal Charges
- Sexual penetration by foreign object
- Sexual assault
- Corporal injury to child
- Elder neglect
- Child neglect
- PC 288
- PC 273.5
- Financial Exploitation
- Solicitation of a minor
- Unlawful intercourse with a minor
- Statutory rape
Claims of Elder Abuse and Neglect
Health care workers and those responsible for taking care of the elderly are sometimes accused of stealing from or abusing those in their care. Especially in elder abuse lawsuits and probate litigation, issues of undue influence and mental capacity can result in charges of forgery, fraud, physical abuse, and theft. At Pilchman & Kay, our elder abuse lawyers investigate the circumstances surrounding the charges against our client. We subpoena nursing home and hospital records, financial records, interview eyewitnesses, and consult medical experts in evaluating allegations of financial and physical abuse of the elderly. Our elder abuse attorneys identify actions that were misinterpreted, as well as claims that cannot be supported by the available evidence.
Child Abuse and Suggestibility
Children are very suggestible when adults reinforce certain claims, time and time again. T hat's why we work with child psychologists and nationally recognized criminologists in analyzing videotaped interviews of children alleging child abuse. Especially in cases involving sexual abuse, when police or interviewers ask children to use a doll to explain what someone did to them, it can be very difficult to determine where testimony begins and suggestibility begins. The same problem arises when drawings and other tools are used by investigators to determine what happened to a child. As your criminal defense lawyers, we challenge the validity of these tactics and undermine the prosecution's claims regarding child sexual abuse.
Child Abuse and Divorce
In cases involving divorce or the breakup of a family, child abuse allegations can also surface. It is important to fight these allegations as early as possible as these allegations can be pursued in family court as well as criminal court. It is not uncommon for divorcing parents to pit their children against another parent and allege misconduct simply to obtain full custody or even increased financial support. Contact our Irvine law office to talk to our child abuse attorneys.
Contact Pilchman & Kay
Allegations of child or elder abuse must be aggressively challenged with thorough, meticulous investigation of the facts. Our elder child abuse lawyers have the experience and resources needed to attack the prosecution's case, identifying unsubstantiated claims and groundless accusations. To schedule a confidential free consultation, contact the Orange County law office of Pilchman & Kay, PLC today.
At Pilchman & Kay, PLC we are highly selective in the child abuse cases we take. If we are unable or unwilling to take your case, we would be more than happy to refer your case to a top Orange County criminal defense attorney.