Child Placement During Drug Crimes - Temporary and Permanently
If you are being investigated for drug crimes and CPS is looking into your case, they may request that your child is temporarily removed from your home. Your attorney will help you put together a list of family members and friends that would be willing to house your child while you work through the details of your case. This will lessen the potential trauma on the child.
If it is decided that you have harmed your child or knowingly placed your child in a dangerous situation, the court may decide your child needs to live somewhere else for a longer period of time. If your child was taken, after six months have passed, you will appear before a judge who will review the situation. If you are following the plan of action outlined and making good progress, the court may decide to return your child to you. If you have failed to show a desire to participate in the plan of action and show no progress, you child may be permanently placed somewhere else and you could lose custody.
One of the best-case scenarios is having your child remain at home under court jurisdiction. This means that your child gets to stay with you while you follow a plan laid out by the court. The situation will be reviewed in six months to ensure the child is still safe at home. If a year has passed and the judge deems you are a fit guardian, your life will go back to normal.
Child Protective Services, or CPS, works to protect children from abuse and neglect in the home. When a CPS worker receives word that a child may be in danger, he or she will begin looking into the case within 24 hours. If you have been accused of committing a drug crime in Michigan, it is possible that CPS will begin investigating you and your family. If you want to keep your child in your home and prove your innocence, it is important to contact a skilled CPS defense attorney as soon as possible. A lawyer with experience handling CPS cases will provide you with sound legal advice and prepare you for an investigation. The sooner you get legal assistances involved, the better your chances are of receiving a favorable outcome. Pick up the phone and call Grabel & Associates right now.
The Grabel & Associates team has worked on numerous drug crime and CPS cases. We understand what it takes to be successful and have the necessary resources and training to earn you the best available result. If you need help navigating a CPS investigation and standing up for your legal rights, call us today.
Determining if Your Child is at Risk
CPS investigations in Michigan usually begin with a home visit. A worker may show up unannounced and ask to speak with you and your children. If this is the first time you have heard about an investigation, do not panic. You are not legally obligated to let the CPS worker into your home. Politely ask him or her to come back at a later date with a warrant. This will give you time to contact a defense attorney and derive a strategy. It’s important to remember that the less you say to CPS workers, the better off you will be, even if you are innocent. After a home visit, CPS will likely interview all relevant parties, review case documents, and have the child examined by a physician.
After the investigation is complete, the CPS worker will determine if the child is at risk or was harmed at any point. Depending on their conclusion, the charged will either be dropped or action will be taken to protect the child. The court may get involved to enforce a particular plan of action that they believe is in the child’s best interest.
Contact Us Now for a Free Consult
If you have been accused of committing and drug crime and are worried about the ramifications if could have on your family, contact Grabel & Associates today at 1-800-342-7896. A member of our staff is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to take your call and provide you with a free initial case consultation.