California Child Abuse Index Law Held Unconstitutional

By: Wallin & Klarich

Parents and others who have their name added to the child abuse index now can take legal action to have their names removed

A recent 9th Circuit Court of Appeal panel ruled that a couple’s inability to remove their names from the Child Abuse Central Index is illegal and unconstitutional. This case involved a married couple who were arrested for child abuse in California and placed on the Child Abuse Central Index after their rebellious 15-year-old daughter accused them of abuse. Two criminal courts later cleared them from criminal charges and their criminal arrest record was sealed. However, their names continued to appear on the child abuse central index.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that “The state’s system for maintaining its Child Abuse Central Index amounts to an unconstitutional due process violation because there is no system to challenge inclusion on the list.”

When facing criminal child abuse charges it is critical that you obtain the services of a criminal defense law firm that has experience in the area of child abuse. When you are falsely accused of a crime, you need to have a California child abuse defense attorney from a criminal defense law firm that is ready to stand up for you and fight for your freedom. Wallin & Klarich have over 30 years of experience in criminal defense and will get you the help you need. We know how to handle false accusations and our attorneys are knowledgeable and qualified to protect your rights to due process. You can call us 24 hours a day 7 days a week at 1-888-749-0034 for answers to your legal questions. Also visit us on the web at

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