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Child Abandonment Charges

Murfreesboro Criminal Defense Lawyer

Tennessee courts consider abandonment of a child to be a crime, akin to child abuse or child neglect. Depending on the age of your child, you might be charged with misdemeanor or felony child neglect. The consequences of child abandonment, if you’re convicted, are lifelong. You could be facing months or years of imprisonment and hundreds of dollars in restitution. Even worse, you may lose all parental rights over your child.

When people are charged with child abandonment in Tennessee, they call our Murfreesboro criminal defense lawyer: James M. Judkins, Attorney at Law. In less than a decade, Mr. Judkins has spent more time trying cases and speaking to judges and juries than most attorneys spend in their entire careers. Our experience in courthouses makes us one of the premier litigators in Middle Tennessee, and our case history shows it.

If you’re at risk for losing your children and your freedom, speak with us in a free consultation. One conversation with our attorney will help you understand your options and help you get started on building your defense.

Call (615) 219-5555 or contact us online today.

I Didn’t Do Anything Wrong, Why Am I Charged with Child Abandonment?

Our firm has heard stories of parents who left their children in their parents’ care, only to find that their own families filed a neglect action against them. That’s because Tennessee considers it abandonment whenever any parent leaves a child in the care of another for 18 months or longer without providing for the child’s health or welfare. The problem is that life is complicated, and what ‘counts’ as abandonment may not be abandonment at all.

Our firm acts as our clients’ advisors, guides, and advocates. We believe you, and we believe that you did not commit a crime. Attorney James M. Judkins will sit with you to understand your story and begin developing a case to fight for the results you want, whether that’s restored custody of your children, dismissed charges, or a court trial.

No matter the situation, one free call with our Murfreesboro defense lawyer will give you answers and a next step. Call (615) 219-5555 for your free consultation—night and weekend appointments available.

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