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Arizona Laws Surrounding Daycare Abuse

What are the legal repercussions of daycare sexual abuse? How can daycare abuse victims win financial compensation for their injuries? What is the legal definition of daycare sexual abuse?

If you are asking these questions, it is likely that a child in your family has suffered inappropriate touching at their childcare facility and you are unsure how best to proceed. Parents and guardians of sexual abuse victims are often unaware of Arizona laws surrounding daycare abuse. These laws provide avenues of legal accountability for abusive childcare workers as well as means of financial restitution for victims and their families.

Learning more about the statute of limitations, eligible damages, and liability issues in child injury lawsuits can help parents make informed decisions regarding their daycare injury lawsuit. While parents should familiarize themselves with the basics of Arizona child abuse laws, it is important to contact a qualified Arizona daycare abuse attorney before taking legal action.

What Is Considered Daycare Sexual Abuse in Arizona?

Arizona law states that a childcare worker has committed child molestation if they “intentionally or knowingly have sexual contact with a person under the age of 15.” Sexual contact with minors over the age of 15 is considered a criminal act of sexual abuse.

If your child has suffered sexual contact at the hands of their daycare teacher, babysitter, baseball coach, youth pastor, tutor, or other childcare worker, they have experienced molestation according to Arizona law.

Daycare Sexual Abuse Is a Felony Crime

How serious is daycare abuse? Because of the severity of the emotional and psychological trauma victims face in the aftermath of daycare sexual abuse, it is considered among the most serious of crimes. In the state of Arizona, child molestation committed by any adult (including childcare workers) is classified as a class 2 felony. Criminals who are convicted of child molestations may face significant jail time and mandatory registration as a sex offender.

Legal Options Provided to Victims of Daycare Sexual Abuse

Parents of daycare sexual abuse victims may choose to file criminal or civil charges against all parties responsible for their child’s abuse with the help of a sexual abuse lawyer in Arizona. This can include both the daycare worker directly responsible for the abuse and the daycare facility itself (if their liability can be proven). When victims file a civil lawsuit against the parties liable for a child’s abuse, they are accorded the right to claim compensation for physical injuries, financial costs, and emotional trauma related to daycare sexual abuse.

Daycare Abuse Statute of Limitations

Are you hesitant to seek justice for daycare abuse because years have passed since you or your child experienced sexual trauma? Due to the nature of child molestation, the state of Arizona has no statute of limitations regarding crimes related to the sexual abuse of a minor. In terms of civil charges, victims of daycare abuse have until the age of thirty to file charges against their abuser or negligent daycare facility.

Call the Arizona Attorneys at Carabin Shaw for a Free Initial Consultation

Seeking justice for daycare sexual abuse can seem like an insurmountable challenge, especially for victims suffering long-term emotional scars. With the help of an experienced personal injury attorney, however, parents can be confident that their child’s best interests are protected. At Carabin Shaw, our team of child injury lawyers is dedicated to representing the rights of daycare abuse victims and their families.

Our team of Arizona daycare abuse attorneys are proud to offer no-cost, no-obligation case reviews to victims of daycare abuse and their families. To schedule your consultation, call our 24/7 English and Spanish-speaking office staff at 800-862-1260.

Visits with the Attorney are by appointment only. Main office San Antonio, Texas.

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