Oregon Child Abuse Attorney

Nicole Robbins is committed to protecting victims’ rights and helping clients take legal action in the event of a crime. She represents victims in both criminal and civil cases.
Nicole Robbins Attorney Portland Oregon

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"Victims of child abuse do not have to rely solely on criminal prosecution to seek justice." ​After a criminal case has been brought against a defendant for child abuse, the victim may have the ability to sue the defendant in civil court for monetary damages. These monetary damages can be awarded for any physical damage, emotional damage, and pain and suffering.
​Some examples of child abuse include a parent locking child in room without food, physical abuse, mental abuse and sexual abuse. For purposes of child abuse, the child must be someone under age 18.
Victims of child abuse do not have to rely solely on criminal prosecution to seek justice. Instead, a civil lawsuit may be filed to seek financial recovery for the victim and it is independent from a criminal prosecution. In addition civil lawsuits may also permit claims against other legally responsible persons and entities who could have prevent the abuse.

Crime Victim Representation

The effects of child abuse have a devastating impact on the child abused as well as the community at large.   The damage caused to the child can be seen in their relationships with others as well as their overall ability to function in life.  Most commonly a child is abused by someone they know and trust.  Furthermore the child is led to believe that they are somehow at fault for the abuser’s actions.  Finally victims of child abuse may not admit the abuse until long after the abuse has stopped or they have had the ability to break free from their abuse.  Fortunately both the criminal justice system and the civil justice system has extended the time frame for when a child abuse case may be brought and each system offers different avenues of relief.

The purpose of the criminal justice system is to protect the public and punish the criminal.  However, crime victims are afforded certain rights under the Oregon Constitution.  An attorney experienced  crime victim representation knows the rights afforded to victims and can represent and guide them through the criminal process.  With the crime victim rights an attorney can formally appear in the case to make sure your voice is heard.  As a former prosecutor, Nicole has a detailed, working knowledge of the criminal justice system, established relationships with area deputy district attorneys and law enforcement and will work to ensure your rights are protected.

The purpose of the civil justice system is to compensate the victim.  Although a money award will never fully compensate the victim for their injuries, it is a valuable resource on their to recovery.  An experienced crime victim lawyer will utilize the information from the criminal case to the benefit of the crime victim in the civil case.  And regardless of the outcome of the criminal case, crime victims may still be entitled to recover from a civil lawsuit because a civil suit does not determine guilt or innocence rather it determines who is liable for the injuries sustained as a result of the crime.

An experienced lawyer will know what evidence is needed, what remedies are available and work diligently  to maximize your recovery.  All cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, which means Nicole only collects a fee if she is able to recover money for her client. Initial consultations are free. Contact Nicole at 503-451-0477.

Sex Abuse • Physical Abuse • Child Abuse • Elder Abuse • Wrongful Death • Negligent Security • Premise Liability