Fort Worth Injury to a Child Defense Lawyer

Seasoned Injury to a Child Crimes Attorney Serving Forth Worth and Surrounding Cities


At the Fulgham Law Firm, P.C., we understand first-hand how devastating a criminal conviction can be, especially when it involves accusations of child abuse. In Texas, those charged with injuring a child are almost automatically presumed guilty by police, prosecuting attorney and Child Protective Services (CPS), resulting in serious and sometimes permanent social and legal repercussions. Not only can such a charge cause you to become marginalized by family and friends, it can also lead to extended jail time, harsh monetary fines, and a permanent criminal record. If you have been charged with injuring a child, we want to help you. Many people face these charges either falsely, or due to reasonably disciplining their children. Whatever the situation presents, we will fight hard for your rights and protect your legal interests, no matter what.

Texas Law

Under the Texas Penal Code §22.04 entitled “Injury to a Child, Elderly Individual or Disabled Individual” the law provides in pertinent part that:

“(a) [a] person commits an offense if he intentionally, knowingly, recklessly, or with criminal negligence, by act or intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly by omission, causes to a child, elderly individual, or disabled individual:
(1) serious bodily injury;
(2) serious mental deficiency, impairment, or injury; or
(3) bodily injury.

(a-1) A person commits an offense if the person is an owner, operator, or employee of a group home, nursing facility, assisted living facility, intermediate care facility for persons with mental retardation, or other institutional care facility and the person intentionally, knowingly, recklessly, or with criminal negligence by omission causes to a child, elderly individual, or disabled individual who is a resident of that group home or facility:
(1) serious bodily injury;
(2) serious mental deficiency, impairment, or injury; or
(3) bodily injury.”

As you can discern from the above, there are varying levels of culpability (i.e. a person must have acted intentionally, knowingly, recklessly, or with criminal negligence), also known as mental states, which are used by prosecuting attorney and the CPS during its investigation to establish guilt. Hence, a person can still be convicted of causing injury to a child, even if he or she acted unintentionally. Since the statute offers a wide degree of latitude and discretion for those who bring these charges against the accused, aggressive and top-tier representation is a must.

Without having qualified legal counsel by your side, you could be convicted of a felony, which, depending upon the facts of each case, carries with it a range of punishment from 180 days to 99 years, of life, in a Texas state penitentiary. There are a number of possible defenses that can be raised on your behalf, which is essential in having charges either reduced or dropped. With this in mind, don’t take unnecessary risks representing yourself or hiring a lawyer who is inexperienced in handling these complex types of cases. Contact the Fugham Law Firm, P.C. now to receive the zealous criminal defense representation you deserve.