Thanks for joining us again for the third article in this four part series on what you should and shouldn’t do if CPS is investigating you! As we mentioned in the earlier installments in this series, being investigated by CPS DOES NOT make you guilty! Many innocent families get investigated by the agency. And while they tend to treat people as if they’re guilty long before there’s any evidence to support the allegations, there is more to the process than a CPS worker’s assumptions (thank goodness!)
Never let them into your home without a court order or warrant!
If a CPS worker is standing on your doorstep, chances are they’re going to ask to come in. They’ll make is sound friendly. As if they just want to step in and sit down to have a chat with you. But that’s a ruse! DO NOT allow any CPS worker into your home unless they have a court order or a warrant with them, and they can prove that they have a legal right to enter your home without your permission.
If they tell you they can get a warrant in moments so it’s inevitable, tell them that you’ll be happy to let them in when that happens. If they tell you that refusing them entry will make you look like you have something to hide, don’t believe them. If they claim to have a warrant or a court order, politely insist that they give it to you, and then READ EVERY WORD! It may be hard to believe it, but a CPS worker can lie to you! They can claim to have a court order when they don’t. They can hand you a document relating to your case and tell you it’s a court order, when it clearly isn’t. Be polite but be firm! Don’t let them inside unless you have to.
Get a really good lawyer immediately!
As soon as you discover that CPS is investigating you, or that someone has accused you of child abuse or neglect, you need to get a really good attorney! Don’t wait! Situations like this don’t ‘resolve themselves’ and being innocent isn’t enough to protect you. Just because you didn’t do anything wrong, doesn’t mean a CPS worker can’t twist your words or generate fictional evidence against you to support their case.
The moment you know is investigating you, you need to start building a case to defend yourself. And the only way to do that is to get an attorney who will fight for you. An attorney who isn’t scared of CPS, who won’t tow the line and agree with whatever they suggest. An attorney who has experience dealing with CPS workers, and knows exactly what battling them involves. To be honest, there aren’t that many attorneys who fit the bill, so be very careful when choosing your legal representative. Choosing the wrong attorney can mean the difference between keeping your kids and losing them!
Do you need help from an experienced CPS defense attorney in Michigan?
Unfortunately, many good parents come under CPS scrutiny at one point or another. Invariably, they have no idea what to do, and they dig themselves into a deeper hole trying to explain what might have led to these terrible assumptions. It might seem like the right thing to do in the moment, but all it does is make the situation worse! But don’t worry – we’ve got your back!
If you or a loved one have been accused of neglecting or abusing a child, then defending and protecting yourself and your family needs to be your primary objective. Call The Kronzek Firm immediately at 866 766 5245 to discuss your case with an experienced CPS defense attorney. If you’re reading this to prepare yourself, then join us again next time, for the next few items on the list! You’ll be glad you did!