Know the Law: What Constitutes Child Abuse in Colorado

Child Abuse in Colorado

Being charged of child abuse in Colorado is a Class 2 Misdemeanor or Class 2 Felony, depending on the severity of injuries and specific circumstances. It could even lead to a Class 1 Felony charge in select circumstances.

Know that in Colorado, aside from physical and emotional abuse, the term “child abuse” involves many other circumstances. and other legal professionals list some examples:

  • Taking alcohol or drugs, while taking care of or in the presence of a child
  • Leaving a kid not capable of caring for themselves, like inside a running vehicle or inside a (both running or not) vehicle during a hot day
  • Arguing or physically fighting in the presence of a child, as well as performing domestic abuse in front of a child
  • Making drugs like marijuana inside the house where the child resides
  • Being charged with a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or Driving While Impaired (DWI) case for alcohol or drugs when a child is inside the vehicle
  • Putting a child in irrationally dangerous circumstances is neglect and can consequently count as child abuse in Colorado
  • Failure to provide the child their basic needs, such as food, shelter, clothing, and health care. Know that there are potential defenses for failure to provide basic needs if the parent or guardian cites compelling and valid religious reasons.

Although the list above doesn’t cover each and every potential child abuse scenario, you should have an ideal about the untraditional child abuse situations that lead to conviction in Colorado.

The consequences of being charged with child abuse — and the associated shame and disgrace that come with it — could be extremely unfair and embarrassing. If you’re facing an unfair child abuse charge in Colorado, you will need to defend yourself with a criminal defense lawyer to help clear your name.