The Rossen Law Firm got Glenda’s aggravated child abuse charge dropped and reduced to a misdemeanor charge. Instead of facing 7 to 30 years in prison, Glenda only spent 12 months on probation.
Glenda had just finished the approval process to be a children’s counselor, and she was fired from her job due to this incident. Glenda was worried she would go to prison, especially since she was looking at a sentence of anywhere from 7 to 30 years. The case also made the news, and her home was swarmed by reporters, which didn’t help her reputation.
Glenda was at her house in Miramar when she got into an argument with her teenage son. In a quick moment of anger and frustration, she picked up a hot clothes iron and hit him on the shoulder. Glenda’s son went to school and she went about her day, until her son asked the school nurse for a band aid for his shoulder. The nurse examined the shoulder and saw a severe burn mark that looked like a brand from a cattle iron. When he told the school what had happened, they called the police. Glenda was arrested and charged with aggravated child abuse.
When we were hired, we helped Glenda work towards reunification with her son. She and her husband took parenting classes and their family went to group therapy. During the time Rossen Law Firm was working on the case, Glenda’s son called 911 to falsely report that his dad was also violent against him. We proved that the report was fake, and used this as evidence that he was just trying to manipulate the situation with a false report.
Calling the police with a false report is also a crime. We were about to take a deposition of her son and exposed numerous inconsistencies in his story. As we were preparing the case for trial, we were able to negotiate a dismissal of the serious felony charge and Glenda resolved the case to a misdemeanor with 12 months of probation.
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