Pretrial and Plea Proceedings of CPS Investigation During OWI Charges
Due to their sensitive nature, CPS cases progress quickly. If you want a fair shot at receiving a just outcome, hiring an attorney when you initially suspect you are under investigation is a wise decision. If you’ve been accused of driving under the influence of drugs of alcohol and endangering your child, CPS will most likely begin an investigation and try to bring child abuse and neglect charges. Since CPS investigations move fast, it’s possible that they may find you guilty before the court determines the verdict of your criminal case. In theory, you could be proven innocent of drunk driving but still suffer the repercussions of an unfair CPS investigation. To avoid life-altering penalties, contact Grabel & Associates early on in your case. Our lawyer will come alongside you and aggressively battle to prove your innocence.
When CPS receives word of child endangerment, they begin investigating the claims within 24 hours. A normal investigation usually consists of a home visit, interviews with all relevant parties, a physical examination, a review of case documents, and a final assessment of the family’s strengths and weaknesses. You have legal rights in place to protect you throughout the process. Your attorney will work to uphold these rights and protect you from overzealous police and prosecutors that will stop at nothing in their effort to prove your guilt.
Depending on what the CPS investigation uncovers, the charges against you will either be dropped or your case will move onto a preliminary hearing. During the preliminary hearing, CPS will have to prove that there is probably cause to believe your child was abused or neglect. If the judge sides with CPS, a plan for care will be drawn up. This could potentially include removing your child from your home. If you want to protect your family, hire an experienced defense attorney in the early stages of your criminal case.
CPS Investigation Pleas
Depending on the details of your case, it may be in your best interest to make a plea or admission of no contest to the petition. Your defense attorney will conduct his or her own investigation so all of the facts are in order. This information will help him or her determine what the most effective course of action will be. You should never file a plea without consulting with your attorney. Admitting guilt when you are innocent is almost never a wise idea. Sometimes CPS workers or police will try to scare you into a plea when it is not in your best interest. Your lawyer will filter these offers to develop a strong defense to help you earn the best available outcome.
Navigating Criminal Case and CPS
If you’ve been accused of driving drunk and CPS is investigating you for child endangerment, it’s important to take the charges seriously and work proactively to clear your name. Never assume and police and caseworkers will uncover the truth. It’s your job to prove your innocence and hiring a defense lawyer is a good way to get started.
The Grabel & Associates team has been working on criminal cases in Michigan for over 15 years. We understand what it takes to be successful and will do everything in our power to protect you and your family. We’ll keep your future in mind throughout the entire process, and aggressively defend your parental rights. If you need help fighting against CPS and DUI charges, contact our renowned team of attorneys today. We’re willing to step in at any stage of your case and will fight for you.
Contact Us for 24/7 Criminal Defense in Michigan
We have a team of lawyers that specialize in DUI cases. If you’ve been accused of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, contact us right now. A skilled case analyst is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to take your call and provide you with a free initial case consultation. If you decide to partner with us, you’ll be connected with a lawyer that has worked on numerous cases similar to your own. This knowledge and experience will prove invaluable as you work together to craft a winning defense.