It is a felony, punishable by a maximum of life imprisonment, for any person to knowingly cause serious physical or serious mental harm to a child (any person who is less than 18 years of age who has not been emancipated). If a person commits an act of child abuse that does not result in serious injury or commits a cruel act without harm, he or she can be guilty of child abuse in the second degree and could face no more than 10 years imprisonment. Child abuse charges can occur from a cruel act against a child, from the failure to provide food, clothing, or shelter necessary for a child’s welfare, or the willful abandonment of a child. MCL 750.136b.

Neil Rockind, home to two (2) of Michigan’s most aggressive and respected criminal defense lawyers who understand such complexities and have successfully defended people accused of Child Abuse in many cases. Neil Rockind began his career in the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office as an assistant prosecutor and is nicknamed “The Rockweiler” for his aggressive and successful style. Rockind has been named a Super Lawyer, Top Criminal Defense Lawyer, Best of Detroit by Hour Magazine, among the Top 100 Lawyers in Michigan, among the Top 50 Lawyers in Michigan and among the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by a national trial lawyers organization. Colin Daniels another member of Neil Rockind P.C., has been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine. If you or a loved one is facing a Child Abuse case, contact us at 248.208.3800 or email us at to make an appointment and see how much we can help.