Protecting Services Defense

PRESENTING YOUR RESPONSE TO PROTECTIVE SERVICES INVESTIGATIONS

Many families face serious problems when child abuse or neglect investigations are initiated by Children’s Protective Services (CPS), a division of the Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS). If you have reason to believe that you’re a target of a CPS investigation, or if you have been contacted by an investigator with questions about a neglect or abuse complaint, you should get legal advice as quickly as possible. Contact DDPC Law., to develop and present your defense in a CPS investigation.

CALL TO FIGHT FALSE ACCUSATIONS OF CHILD ABUSE

With offices in Livonia, Grosse Pointe Farms and Novi, our law firm represents parents, teachers, clergy and others subject to child protection investigations anywhere in southeastern Michigan. Because we stress prompt and accessible client service, you can count on DDPC Law to be there when you need us — especially in a crisis.

An investigation can be triggered in many ways. Sometimes the initiating factor will be an arresting officer’s report of a residential drug bust or domestic violence call. A teacher or day care worker might report what appears to be an injury. Doctors or nurses might suspect neglect based on a child’s medical condition. One divorcing spouse might accuse the other of abuse to get the upper hand in a child custody dispute.

The sooner you get legal advice about your options in the face of a child protection investigation, the better off you stand to be. The best time for your attorney to intervene in a neglect and abuse investigation is immediately. The last thing you want is for the allegations to take on a life of their own, which can often happen when you don’t get your side of the story before an investigator or prosecutor promptly.

PROTECTING FAMILY RIGHTS IN WAYNE COUNTY, OAKLAND COUNTY AND MACOMB COUNTY

When allegations mature into criminal charges or administrative findings of neglect or abuse, none of the outcomes is especially attractive. Your child might go into foster care while your case is pending. If you’re involved in a divorce, your chance of getting unsupervised parenting time is very much at risk. If the allegations of neglect or abuse are linked to violent crime or drug charges, there’s a real chance that CPS or county authorities will initiate a termination of parental rights, which effectively destroys the parent-child relationship.