Reasons Why CPS Can Investigate You in Michigan
If you or a loved one has been accused of a crime and CPS targets your family, you’ll need an experienced CPS lawyer to help you retain custody of your kids. CPS takes criminal accusations very seriously, and so should you. The biggest mistake parents make is assuming that CPS will uncover the truth and realize on their own that you are innocent and capable of providing proper care for your children. This is often not the case. A seasoned attorney will fight on your behalf, helping you navigate interaction with CPS and putting you on track to receive your desired results in your criminal case. The sooner you reach out to experienced legal representation, the better your chances are of being successful in your case. Call Grabel & Associates or reach out via our online contact form to learn more about how we can help you and your family in cases involving CPS. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide you with a free initial case consultation and to start battling on your behalf.
Children’s Protective Services Investigation Process
In most cases, CPS has 30 days to complete an investigation. There are times, however, when unique circumstances require an extension. CPS investigations must start within 24 hours and usually include face-to-face interviews with the child or children involved, the caretaker or caretakers, and the alleged perpetrator or perpetrators. CPS will also visit the child’s home, review all relevant documents, interview character witnesses, asses the child’s current safety and future risk for abuse and/or neglect, and asses the strengths and weaknesses of the family.
Having a lawyer that has experience working in cases involving CPS is a great way to protect yourself and your family from overzealous investigators that are looking to take your child or children away from you. Oftentimes, CPS will move to remove children from a home even before a court decision is reached. Fighting back requires quick action and dedication on behalf of your and your attorney. If you’re under investigation, reach out to one of Michigan’s leading defense firms as soon as possible to set yourself up to receive the best available outcome.
Factors Considered in Cases Involving CPS
A CPS investigator looks at many different factors when making a decision about your child or children’s best interest. Some of which include the following:
- Could the allegations be explained away?
- What family dynamics are at work in the situation?
- Who made the complaint?
- What condition is the living space in?
- Does the child or children appear to be cared for?
- Is there proper supervision?
- Is the child or children injured in any way?
- Are the parents or caretakers abusing the child emotionally or mentally?
- Does the child or children need a medical examination?
- Is there corroborating evidence?
CPS investigators approach every case as if the allegations are true and that action needs to be taken. If they determine there is even a 51% chance that the child is in danger in any way, they may file a petition with the court requesting that the family cooperates with in-home services, the perpetrator is removed from the home, or that the child or children are removed from the home. For more information about CPS and their approach to criminal cases affecting children, review the Michigan government website.
Criminal Cases Involving CPS
The team at Grabel & Associates has been working in criminal defense in Michigan for over 15 years and has ample experience handling cases in which CPS is involved. We will do everything in our power to help you convince investigators that you are a suitable guardian for your child or children and that action does not need to be taken. We will review every detail of your case and work to develop a thorough defense, always keeping the best interest of your family in mind. If you want to work with an attorney that understands the importance of receiving a favorable verdict, contact us right away. We’re available 24/7 to step into your case and start defending you.
Contact Us for 24/7 Criminal Defense in Michigan
If you or a loved one has been accused of a crime and you’re worried it may affect your family, call 1-800-342-7896 or contact us online. A talented case analyst will review all of the facts, provide you with a free initial case consultation, and connect you with the right member of our team. When the wellbeing of your family is on the line, you want Michigan’s brightest legal minds on your side. Give us a call today to take action and start fighting back.