Allegations in Michigan involving child neglect and child abuse cases can involve the prosecutor’s office or the attorney general’s office depending upon the jurisdiction. The allegations can be handled criminally, in family court, outside of court by child protective services, or a combination of any of these options.
Criminal Cases of Neglect or Abuse
In Michigan an individual can be charged with either a misdemeanor or felony charge of child abuse depending upon the circumstances. The individual charged with such allegation(s) can retain a criminal defense attorney to contest the charge(s), or request a court appointed attorney if he or she is indigent.