Child Protective Services Investigation Process in Michigan
If you or a loved one has been accused of child abuse or neglect, you’ll need to enlist the services of a CPS defense attorney to help you navigate the investigative stage of your case. When CPS receives a report of abuse or neglect, they will begin an investigation quickly and assume that you are guilty until proven innocent. The accusations may seem absurd to you, but the investigator working on your case has no reason to believe that they are untrue. You will be responsible for proving your innocence and clearing your name. Your lawyer will prepare you for the various stages of the investigation process, ensuring you put your best face forward. If you want to retain custody of your children, it’s crucial to get on the right track in the early stages. The sooner you reach out to a premier defense firm, the better your chances of receiving a favorable outcome will be.
A member of our talented team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. He or she will review all of the details of your situation, provide sound legal guidance, and connect you with the right attorney for your case. If you want to get on the fast track to successful in your child abuse or neglect case, give us a call right now.
Stages of a CPS Investigation in Michigan
CPS investigations must begin within 24 hours upon receipt of a report and may take up to 30 days to conclude. One of the most important components of an investigation are the interviews with the alleged victim, perpetrator, caretakers, neighbors, friends, relatives, and any professionals that have had contact with the family. After speaking with everyone involved, the CPS officer will view of the family’s home and review all relevant documents, such as police reports, school reports, CPS case files, criminal history of the alleged perpetrator, and medical history of the alleged victim. Typically, the case concludes with an assessment of the child’s safety, future risk, and the family’s needs and strengths.
If your family is currently undergoing an investigation, reach out to an attorney as soon as possible. Interviews with CPS officers can be tricky. You may find that you or your child’s words are twisted to indicate guilt, complicating the process and making it difficult to uncover the actual truth. To protect the future of your family, call the Grabel & Associates team as soon as possible. We are dedicated to upholding your parental rights and will do everything in our power to help you achieve your desired results.
Factors that Influence the Outcome of a CPS Investigation
CPS officers consider many different factors during the investigation stage of a case. For example, if the child has an injury, they will consider the location, stages of healing, and alleged explanation. They will also look at who filed the complaint, the evidence available, the condition of the family’s home, the condition of the child, and if the child’s basic needs are being met. After reviewing the factors listed above, the officer in charge of the case will determine if there is enough evidence to believe that the child is being abused or neglected. After this stage is complete, the case will be placed in a category to determine what happens next. A family may face removal of the child from the home, removal of the perpetrator from the home, or in-home services.
Cases Involving CPS
The Grabel & Associates team has ample experience working on cases involving CPS. We know what it takes to demonstrate your innocence, and will stop at nothing to put you on track to receiving your desired outcome. We will make sure we have all the facts in order before developing a customized approach to your defense. We understand that every case is different, and we’re dedicated to exploring every legal option until we find the outcome that works best for your family.
We’re willing to step in at any stage of your case to start crafting a winning defense. Call us now to learn more about how our services can benefit you in your child abuse or neglect case.
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