Sexual Abuse Allegations
Unfortunately, false allegations of sexual abuse have become rampant. Studies indicate that as many as 80% of allegations that arise during custody proceedings are fabricated. Despite these statistics, CPS, police departments and the Courts tend to err on the side of caution.
A parent may file child sexual abuse charges against another parent for reasons of revenge, anger or jealousy. A relative or parent may coax a child into making false allegations in an effort to gain custody of a child. Sometimes a person may have simply been in the wrong place at the wrong time and was therefore falsely accused of an impropriety when nothing actually took place.
Allegations arise not only from parents and family members, but sometimes as the result of bad therapy. Our attorneys have been involved in a number of complex sexual abuse allegation cases where the victim’s memory was ultimately determined to have been caused by bad therapy. This phenomenon of “false memory” has been the subject of numerous professional articles and publications. Gregg Woodnick’s work and professional relationships with psychologists throughout the country helps him to understand the complexities of these situations and effectively advocate for his clients.
Sexual abuse allegations are an area of law that everyone, attorneys included, are uncomfortable discussing. Notwithstanding, parents need representation, as these cases tend to take on a life of their own. Being accused of inappropriate sexual contact with a child may affect your employability, reputation, custody of your children and ultimately your freedom if you are convicted of an offense. Sexual offenses and child abuse are very serious crimes under Arizona law. Some offenses are designated Dangerous Crimes Against Children (DCAC). If convicted of one of these crimes, you will face mandatory prison time.
- Sexual abuse: Representation of parents accused of sexually abusing children in multijurisdictional matters.
- Step-parent allegations: Representation of step parents who are accused of inappropriate sexual contact.
- Guardian ad Litem: Served as Guardian ad Litem (GAL) in molestation allegation cases in Juvenile, Family and Criminal Court.