• Adrian Peterson Accused of Child Abuse
  • October 16, 2014 | Authors: Jeremy S. Geigle; Jeremy S. Geigle
  • Law Firm: JacksonWhite P.C. - Mesa Office
  • The NFL has commenced the 2014 season, but it’s off to a rough start. Mainly because fans are upset over the string of child and spousal abuse allegations that have been emerging.

    Currently, Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens and Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings are together in the spotlight, one accused of abusing his wife, and the other his children. If the National Football League wants to remain credible, they’ll need to deal with both these charges seriously.

    What is the NFL doing about it?

    Baltimore’s Ravens have already shown integrity by indefinitely suspending Ray Rice once a video surfaced of him knocking his wife unconscious in a hotel elevator. The Vikings have deactivated their star running back Adrian Peterson, after he was accused of child abuse for the second time this year.

    Peterson’s most recent child abuse accusations involve him using a small tree branch to punish one of his sons, which left multiple bruises and scars on the boy’s thighs and buttocks. In a previously tweeted apology, Peterson said, “I am not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser.”

    Consequences for Child Abuse in Arizona

    If child abuse is determined to have occurred due to criminal negligence, then it is usually considered a class 6 felony in AZ. If it occurs because of reckless behavior, it’s a class 5 felony, and if it’s done intentionally, it’s a class 4 felony.

    Regardless of the specific class, any type of child abuse is a felony in Arizona, and if found guilty, a defendant can expect mandatory jail time, serious fines and penalties, and a damning criminal record.

    Have you been accused of child abuse in AZ?

    If you've been accused of child abuse in Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa, Gilbert, Peoria, Chandler, or any other Arizona city, contact the criminal defense attorneys at JacksonWhite right away. You can’t face these charges alone; child abuse is prosecuted harshly in AZ, and you’ll need the abilities of an experienced criminal defense lawyer to decrease your penalties and avoid incarceration. Dial (480) 818-9943 to schedule a free and private consultation with acclaimed JacksonWhite criminal lawyer, Jeremy Geigle.