Shaken Baby Allegations
What Is Shaken Baby Syndrome (Sbs)?
Shaken baby syndrome (SBS) is a medical term that encompasses a variety of brain injuries that occur when a baby or young child is vigorously shaken. When a baby is shaken, the brain moves within the skull, which results in swelling, bruising, and bleeding.
The damage caused by SBS can potentially result in:
PROVING SHAKEN BABY SYNDROME CASES
Since there are rarely witnesses to a violent shaking, shaken baby cases are often difficult to prove in court and rely on analyses of the injuries and recreations of what occurred. Moreover, the individual who is usually charged is the person who was caring for the child when the symptoms first became apparent. Biomechanical engineering and medical research also recently concluded that it may not be possible for a baby’s brain to sustain damage from shaking if the head did not impact against a hard object.
Since scientists do not know everything about the brain, it is crucial to hire an expert in this field if you are facing charges in a shaken baby case. A scientist or doctor who can provide a testimony on your behalf that is based on science rather than conjecture is crucial to defending yourself against these allegations.
SPEAK TO AN EXPERIENCED CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY ABOUT YOUR SHAKEN BABY CASE!
If you are facing charges in a shaken baby case, it is essential to hire a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney to represent your case and protect your future. At the Law Office of Lorin Zaner, our skilled attorney has more than 40 years of experience and is backed by a history of successful results in defending clients against shaken baby allegations. You can rely on our attorney to provide the personalized attention and strategies you need to ensure the best possible outcome for your case.
Reach out to our law office today at (419) 741-4050 to set up a free initial case evaluation with our experienced criminal defense attorney to get started.
How To Handle False Allegations
There are many instances when law enforcement arrests the wrong person, or an innocent defendant gets convicted in court. While it can be difficult imagining that type of situation happening to you, anybody could be falsely charged with a crime they didn’t commit.
It is imperative to take the following steps to guard against any type of crime and penalties:
If you’ve been falsely accused in Ohio, contact our Toledo criminal defense attorney at the Law Office of Lorin J. Zaner and request a free consultation today.
In addition to prison time and fines, those who are convicted of sex crimes in Ohio are typically subject to sex offender registration. In 2017, there are approximately 20,000 people on the sexual registry in the state.
There are three tiers of classification for sex offenders. The most serious sex crimes are classified under “Tier 3” registration, punishable by a lifetime registry every 90 days. The lowest classification is “Tier 3” registration, which requires an annual resignation for 15 years. In some circumstances, however, registration can be shortened to 10 years.
The following are the three tiers of sex offender classifications in Ohio:
Tier 3 – Lifetime registration every 90 days
Tier 2 – Registration every 180 days for 25 years
Tier 1 – Registration once a year for 15 years
If you are accused of a sex crime, request a free consultation with our Toledo criminal defense lawyers at the Law Office of Lorin J. Zaner today. Get 20+ years of legal experience on your side!
Whether you were arrested for or charged with a misdemeanor or a felony criminal offense, it is critical to obtain the legal services of a criminal defense attorney. Not only are you facing jail or prison time and fines, but also a permanent mark on your criminal record that may negatively impact your personal and professional reputation. Having a knowledgeable and skillful attorney on your side gives you an opportunity to either get your entire case dismissed or your charges reduced.
When choosing the best candidate for the job, consider the following factors when making your final decision:
Defenses Against Child Abuse
If you are accused of child abuse, defending yourself can be extremely difficult—especially if the testimony of a child is involved. In addition to your negative portrayal in the community and the media, it may seem impossible to overcome the detrimental nature of child abuse allegations. Fortunately, an experienced criminal defense attorney can build a solid defense strategy and help cast doubt on the prosecutor’s case.
The following are common defenses to child abuse charges:
Those who are accused of causing shaken baby syndrome on their child or a child they were taking care of in Ohio typically face child endangerment charges. According to the Ohio Revised Code, child endangerment is defined as anyone who is a parent, guardian, or custodian of a minor who is under the age of 18 that creates or poses a significant risk to the health and safety of the child by violating their duty of care, protection, and support.
It is prohibited for anyone to engage in the following criminal actions:
For more information, contact our Toledo criminal defense attorneys at the Law Office of Lorin J. Zaner today.
Considered a form of child abuse that can result in permanent or fatal brain damage, shaken baby syndrome—also known as abusive head trauma or shaken impact syndrome—is a severe brain injury caused by forcefully shaking an infant or toddler. This type of injury destroys a child’s brain cells and cuts off the circulation of oxygen into his or her brain.
Babies have fragile neck muscles and typically struggle to support their heavy heads. If a baby is forcefully shaken, his or her brain moves back and forth within the skull, causing swelling, bruising, and bleeding. This type of abuse often occurs when a parent or caregiver shakes an infant or toddler severely out of anger or frustration.
Survivors of shaken baby syndrome may require lifelong medical care for conditions including:
If you are charged with child abuse in Ohio, contact our Toledo criminal defense attorneys at the Law Office of Lorin J. Zaner and request a free consultation today.
A man named Dr. John Caffey is commonly credited with the discovery of shaken baby syndrome. His research and the research and hypotheses of several other doctors became the basis for medical evidence in shaken baby syndrome cases. According to these doctors, the presence of subdural hemorrhage, retinal hemorrhage, and encephalopathy meant that the baby had been shaken .
PROBLEMS WITH SHAKEN BABY SYNDROME
In the past few decades, doubts have been cast on the reliability of this hypothesis. Although it is accepted that brain injury and subdural hemorrhaging is caused by impact, it is questioned whether shaking can produce these same results.
Take a look at the following:
ACCUSED? CALL THE LAW OFFICE OF LORIN J. ZANER.
Being accused of injuring your child or a child you were taking care of is a terrifying experience. Although much evidence has come to light in recent years that has cast doubt on what used to immediately lead prosecutors to the conclusion that the infant suffered from shaken baby syndrome, accusations of this form of abuse can land you in serious legal trouble. With a knowledgeable defense attorney on your side, you can rest knowing that your rights are being upheld and that all evidence will be examined from a fair standpoint. With a scientific background, Attorney Lorin Zaner has the experience and knowledge you need to fight for a just outcome on your behalf. He has represented many individuals facing “Shaken Baby Syndrome” charges and has obtained successful results!
Contact the Law Office of Lorin J. Zaner today to learn more about your legal options.
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