Temporary or Permanently Child Placement in DUI Investigations
If you are a parent or legal guardian that has been accused of driving drunk, you could also potentially be up against a CPS investigation. If you choose to partner with Grabel & Associates, you can rest assured knowing our team is actively working to protect your family. We pride ourselves in offering a holistic approach to criminal defense, which means we will keep your future in mind throughout your legal battle. To learn more about how our highly skilled team can be of assistance to you as you fight off DUI charges, contact us for a free consultation.
Driving under the influence is a crime that endangers yourself, your passengers, and others on the road. Lawmakers have put strict legislation in place to deter individuals from driving when they have consumed alcohol. If you are caught driving drunk, you could face large fines, jail time, license revocation, and other life-altering consequences. If you want to avoid these penalties, you should connect with a seasoned DUI defense attorney as soon as you learn you are under investigation. There are laws in place about what evidence is admissible and how evidence can be obtained. Your attorney will have a thorough understanding of Michigan law and will be able to use these limitations to ensure you receive a fair trial.
CPS Investigations in Michigan
Child Protective Services, or CPS, works to protect children from abuse and neglect. If they suspect you knowingly placed your child in a dangerous situation, they will begin an investigation as soon as possible. An investigation typically consists of the following:
- A visit to the home of the child and alleged perpetrator.
- Interviews with all relevant parties.
- A doctor’s examination.
- A review of case documents.
- An assessment of the family’s strengths and weaknesses.
If deemed necessary, the case will proceed to the hearing stage. During the hearings, a court will decide if CPS has adequate reason to believe that the child is not safe at his or her home. After a ruling has been made, the court will settle on what action needs to be taken to remedy the situation. Potential action may include removing your child from your home or adhering to in-home services.
Child Placement in CPS Cases
Once the judge decides that action needs to be taken to ensure the child is safe, a plan for care will be formulated. The child will either remain in your home or be placed with another family. Your attorney will work with you to put together a list of friends and family members that would consider temporarily taking care of your child. This lessens the trauma that may accompany being taken from home. After six months have passed, the court will review your case again to see if you have been following the outlined plan. If so, they may decide to give you your child back. If not, or if you have not made enough progress, your case will be reviewed again at a later date. After one year, a permanency hearing will take place. This is when your child will either be returned to you for good, or be permanently placed in another home. This is for the stability and wellbeing of the child.
Your attorney will aggressively fight you throughout the CPS hearing process. Grabel & Associates believes that families belong together and we will stop at nothing in our efforts to reunite you and your children. Call us today to learn more about how our efforts could be of help to you.
Our Approach to DUI and CPS Investigations
In CPS investigations, it is important to be proactive. Hiring an attorney the moment you learn you are under investigation will help you avoid wrongful punishments and protect your children from the harm an investigation could potentially cause. Your lawyer will serve as a shield between you and CPS, interacting with them on your behalf. The team at Grabel & Associates has worked on countless cases involving CPS and knows what it takes to receive a favorable outcome. If you want to keep your children in your home and protect your future, reach out to us today.
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