Temporary Removal of Child for Safety in OWI Investigation
Driving under the influence is a very serious crime, especially if there are children involved. If you’re a parent that has been caught driving drunk, you could not only face DUI charges, but also child abuse and neglect charges. CPS may decide to begin investigating your case, potentially resulting in additional penalties and other life-altering repercussions.
If you’re under investigation for driving under the influence, it’s very important to hire a OWI defense attorney early on in your case. Prosecutors and CPS workers are not concerned with proving your innocence. In fact, they’re trying to do just the opposite. You need someone who will aggressively defend you and come to your aid as you battle to take charge of your future again.
When Can CPS Take Your Child?
CPS workers are not looking to prove you guilty of driving drunk. They’re looking to see if your child has been harmed in any way or if he or she has been placed in a situation that had the potential to be harmful. If they believe your child is not safe in your home, they may temporarily remove your child. For example, if you’ve been caught drunk driving with your child in the car, CPS already has good reason to believe that you placed your child in danger and therefore did not have his or her wellbeing in mind. Your child may be placed with a friend, family member, or foster family until the situation is sorted out. If CPS wants to remove your child from your home for a longer period of time, they must present their case to the court.
Your attorney will walk you through the CPS investigation process step by step, explaining every detail so you can make informed decisions that may have serious implications on your family. To learn more about temporary removal of child for safety situations, reach out to the Grabel & Associates team today.
Defending Clients Since 1999
The Grabel & Associates team has been working on drunk driving cases in the state of Michigan for over 15 years. We understand what it takes to be successful both in and out of court, and will explore every legal option to earn you the best possible outcome. If you’re concerned about the wellbeing of your family and your future, contact us today. We’ll provide you with a free initial case consultation and get you on track to proving your innocence.
DUI Penalties in Michigan and CPS
Drunk driving laws are strict, especially zero tolerance laws. If a police officer can prove that you were intoxicated while operating a motor vehicle, you could face fines, jail time, license suspension and potentially license revocation. Punishments vary depending on the details of your crime and if you’ve been caught driving drunk before.
The best way to avoid life-altering consequences is to consult with a defense attorney early on in your case. Your lawyer will inform you of your legal rights and help you avoid wrongful self-incrimination.
Our Approach to Drunk Driving Cases in Michigan
The prosecutor handling your case may try to get you to accept a plea bargain by convincing you it is hopeless. Your lawyer will examine the details of your case and protect you from overzealous caseworkers, ensuring you receive a just outcome. It’s important to remember that you should never plead guilty if you are innocent. Breathalyzer tests can be skewed, depending on the police officer’s methods of administering the test. It’s also possible that the police did not obtain the test in a legal manner, rendering the results invalid. If you need help earning the best available outcome in your criminal case, contact Grabel & Associates today. We’ll fight on your behalf throughout every stage of your case and protect your family from CPS workers that may try to take advantage of your vulnerability.
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Our DUI attorneys can be reached via our online contact form or by phone. Speak with a highly trained case analyst who will provide you with a free initial case consultation. Remember, the earlier you get a lawyer involved, the better protected you will be.