Criminal Law

Offenses Against the Family and Children

Unlawful nonviolent acts by a family member (or legal guardian) that threaten the physical, mental, or economic well-being or morals of another family member and that are not classifiable as other offenses, such as Assault or Sex Offenses.

Agencies must include in this classification:

  • Nonviolent cruelty to other family members
  • Nonviolent abuse
  • Desertion, abandonment, or nonsupport of spouse or child
  • Neglect or abuse of spouse or child (if injury is serious, score as aggravated assault)
  • Nonpayment of alimony
  • Attempts to commit any of the above

NOTE: Agencies must not include victims of these charges who are merely taken into custody for their own protection.