Child Protective Services Investigation Process During DUI
Driving under the influence, especially with a child in the car, is a very serious crime and may be met with harsh penalties, such as jail time, large fines, and license revocation. If you or someone you love has been caught drunk driving, it is crucial to hire a CPS attorney as soon as possible. A good lawyer will examine the details of your case and look for ways to prove that are you innocent. He or she will also handle interactions with CPS, shielding you and your family from the trauma an investigation can cause.
The Grabel & Associates team has been working on criminal cases in Michigan for over 15 years and understands the importance of protecting your future. The lawyer on your case will ensure that you are set up to move on with your life after your case has been wrapped up. He or she will also protect you from overzealous prosecutors looking to bring multiple charges against you. To avoid harmful child abuse and neglect charges on top of your DUI charges, reach out to the Grabel & Associates team today.
What Happens After CPS Receives a Report of Abuse or Neglect
When a mandated reporter or concerned friend or family member calls CPS suspecting a child is being harmed, the worker who took the call will get some initial information to determine if the concern warrants an investigation. If they decide to look into the claims, a formal investigation will begin within 24 hours of receiving the call. An investigation typically consists of the following:
- A visit to the home of the alleged perpetrator and victim.
- Interviews with all parties involved.
- A thorough review of the relevant case documents.
- An examination by a trusted medical professional.
- An assessment of the family’s strengths and weaknesses.
If the CPS worker determines the child was not harmed and is not in any kind of danger, the case will be dropped. If the CPS worker concludes that the child is not safe in his or her home, a petition will be filed with the court to have the child relocated for a designated period of time, after which the case will be reevaluated.
How to Prepare for a CPS Investigation
Preparing for a CPS investigation can be difficult and time consuming. It is important to begin the process by hiring a skilled defense attorney who will guide you through the process. After choosing legal counsel, review your legal rights so you know how to stand up for yourself during the investigation. For example, you do not have to let CPS workers enter your home without a warrant and you can request to have all interactions recorded in an effort to protect you and your children. Knowing these rights could protect you from wrongful incrimination, saving you from a lot of turmoil in the future.
Our Approach to Protecting Clients from CPS During DUI Cases
Because every case is different, we pride ourselves in offering completely customized defense approaches. We will thoroughly review every detail of your case and come up with a strategy that will put you on track to earning your desired results.
We will not let you suffer from harsh, unwarranted penalties and will do everything in our power to keep you and your family together. If you want to learn more about our approach to DUI defense in Michigan, pick up the phone and call our firm today.
Our lawyers have experience working on DUI cases and cases involving CPS. Their knowledge of Michigan law and attention to detail set us apart from other Michigan defense firms, giving you the best shot at earning a favorable outcome. If you want justice in your criminal case, contact us today and we’ll do everything in our power to fight aggressively on your behalf.
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To reach our attorneys, dial 1-800-342-7896 or fill out our online contact form. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide you with a free initial case consultation and to start building your defense. If you choose to partner with us, you will be connected with one of Michigan’s brightest legal minds who will help you navigate the often overwhelming investigation stage of your case.