Causing mental harm to a child is a serious criminal offense. Individuals charged with causing mental harm to a child face a 12 year, 6 month felony. Hiring a criminal defense attorney to represent you when facing a criminal offense, especially a felony, is important. Meyer Van Severen, S.C. defends causing mental harm to a child cases. Our attorneys are trial-tested and committed to clients.
Causing mental harm to a child is defined by section 948.04 of the Wisconsin Statutes. The statute indicates that:
“Whoever is exercising temporary or permanent control of a child and causes mental harm to that child by conduct which demonstrates substantial disregard for the mental well-being of the child is guilty of a Class F felony.”
As with most child abuse cases, failure to report causing mental harm to a child is also a crime. Subsection (b) of 948.04 indicates that:
A person responsible for the child’s welfare is guilty of a Class F felony if that person has knowledge that another person has caused, is causing or will cause mental harm to that child, is physically and emotionally capable of taking action which will prevent the harm, fails to take that action and the failure to act exposes the child to an unreasonable risk of mental harm by the other person or facilitates the mental harm to the child that is caused by the other person.
Child witnesses have credibility issues. Sometimes they’re tricked into saying things that aren’t true. Other times they intentionally say things that aren’t true. Hiring a defense attorney who understands the psychology involved with kids is important when hiring an attorney for cases involving children.
Other times prosecutors try to convict you through circumstantial evidence. These cases require a skilled defense attorney. Poking holes in the State’s case and showing why the circumstantial evidence doesn’t conclude what the State says it does can be an effective technique in defending your case. Our criminal defense attorneys are dedicated to defending criminal cases. We’re committed to trying to win your case.
Attorney Matthew R. Meyer and Attorney Benjamin Van Severen dedicate their entire practice to defending individuals accused of committing crimes. If you’re being accused of committing the crime called causing mental harm to a child, contact a defense attorney. Contact Meyer Van Severen, S.C. for competent, aggressive, effective representation. We answer calls 24/7 at (414) 270-0202.