What is Neglect - Wisconsin Family Lawyers

By Carlos Gamino

Under Wisconsin state law, neglect is a failure, refusal or inability for a parent to provide care, food, clothes, medical care or shelter for their child. Further, neglect must endanger the physical health of the child.

If you’re facing charges of neglect, you may find it necessary to talk to a Milwaukee criminal defense attorney who can help you.

What Kinds of Cases Does Wisconsin Review for Neglect?

Unfortunately, false reports of neglect are too common in Wisconsin. The state is required to review any report of child neglect that causes government representatives to suspect actual or threatened neglect.

The term threatened neglect allows caseworkers to remove children from their homes, even if actual neglect has not occurred.

Who Are Mandated Reporters?

People in certain occupations are required to report what they believe is neglect during the course of their professional duties. Even if one of these people’s suspects that neglect is likely to occur, he or she must report it. People in these professions are called mandated reporters because they are required by law to make such reports.

The following occupations are mandated reporters:

  • Teachers
  • Social workers
  • Child care workers
  • Nurses
  • Law enforcement
  • Dentists
  • Therapists
  • Substance abuse counselors

What to Do if You’re Facing Neglect Charges

Child neglect is a very serious crime in the state of Wisconsin. If someone accuses you of committing it, it may be in your best interest to talk to an attorney who understands child abuse and neglect laws in our state. The consequences can be harsh – you could even lose custody of your children and face jail time if the state finds you guilty of neglect.

If you are facing neglect charges in Milwaukee, call us at 414-383-6700 or contact us online. We may be able to help you.