Indicators of Child Abuse or Neglect - What is Child Abuse and Neglect?

Child Protective Services is responsible for investigating reports of child abuse and neglect. When a mandated reporter suspects a child has been harmed or is in danger of begin harmed, he or she will call in a report. From receiving the initial report, CPS has 24 hours to start investigating the claim and 30 days to wrap up the investigation. If you’ve been accused of involvement in a drug crime, it is possible that CPS will begin looking into your case. The worker assigned to your case may also partner with the police to obtain information about the health and wellbeing of your children. If you’re under investigation, it’s crucial to connect with a skilled CPS drug crime defense attorney early in your case. The sooner you get a lawyer involved, the better your chances are of proving your innocence and earning a favorable outcome in your case.

What Is the Legal Definition of Child Abuse and Neglect?

The words “abuse” and “neglect” are blanket terms used to refer to any action, or lack thereof, that leads to the harm or potential harm of a child. It’s important to know that your child does not actually have to be hurt for you to face child abuse and neglect charges. There simply has to be the potential injury or harm for you to be found guilty.

Child Abuse: Harm or potential harm to a child’s physical, mental, or emotional health or wellbeing that occurs through non-accidental injury. Child abuse includes sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, and maltreatment by a parent or any guardian figure.

Child Neglect: Harm or potential harm to a child due to the lack of responsibility of a parent or guardian. This includes negligent treatment, failure to provide necessities like food, clothing, and shelter, and knowingly placing a child in a dangerous situation.

If you’re facing drug crime charges, CPS may look for ways to prove that you’ve neglected your child or exposed him or her to inappropriate content. You’ll need the help of an attorney to prove that you are innocent and that you did not harm your child or expose your child to a harmful situation. Contact Grabel & Associates today to learn more about our services and how we can help you in your legal battle.

Signs of Child Abuse and Neglect

Mandated reporters are trained to recognize common signs of child abuse and neglect. Some physical signs of abuse include torn, stained, or bloody clothing, frequent sore throats, sexually transmitted diseases, bleeding from external genitalia, and pregnancy. If you child exhibits any of the above, take him or her to a physician you trust and seek treatment. Getting a medical professional involved is a good way to provide an alternate explanation to physical signs of abuse, helping you prove your innocence.

The Grabel & Associates team has been working on drug related cases in Michigan for over 15 years. We know the ins and outs of Michigan law and will handle every aspect of your case, including your CPS investigation if necessary. Contact us today via our online contact form to learn more about the services we offer.

We Take Every CPS Investigation and Drug Crime Case Seriously

We take every case very seriously. If you’re concerned about the future of your family and the effects of drug crime accusations, contact us today. We’ll conduct a thorough investigation to determine the best course of action in your criminal case and aggressively battle to help you avoid a CPS investigation. We know the ins and outs of Michigan law and will put our knowledge to work in your case. Take a look at our proven results and see what our team can do for you.

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