Certain kinds of cases are prosecuted more strongly as a matter of public policy. Sex offenses, for example, underaged drinking, DUIs, domestic violence
, and anything having to do with children are all political hot potatoes right now. No judge, and no DA is going to want to look particularly soft on such matter, except between the lines. That the judge didn't set a higher bail and that the prosecutor didn't make enough noise about this for you to even remember it is a good sign. $500 is very low felony bail. The court understands that your husband is likely not a risk to the community and does not belong in jail while he fights this case. That means that the odds of his still being able to dispose of this in some way without jail are still very high.Second degree
child abuse is found in the statute I listed for you originally. The provisions don't require actual harm to befall the child, nor do they require physical injury, though they are slightly different and have that catch-all element about "cruelty."
I can't tell you not to worry. However, everything I said about the case intially still goes. There is no mandatory minimum sentence
here, so by prosecuting the case as a felony the prosecutor can still make your husband a non-jail offer but the court would retain jurisdiction over the matter for longer if he takes that offer than if it had been a misdemeanor. In that way, the prosecutor might feel he was better safeguarding the child.
By all means get a lawyer. We discussed that when it was still a misdemeanor, just because of the nature of the case. If you are forced economically to go with a public defender, at this stage of the case -- your husband has only just been arraigned -- the lawyer isn't going to need much time to catch up on what's going on. Public defenders don't really have desk jobs and with some exception (before trials
and hearings for example) see their clients mostly in the courthouse on the day they are to appear before the judge. But that doesn't mean they won't speak to your husband at length and address all of his concerns and questions. If you can afford a private attorney, that's what you should do, and you would probably be able to schedule an office visit which might relieve some of your anxiety.
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