Mandated Reporters During Drug Crimes in Michigan
Mandated reporters are professionals that work closely with children and their families. These individuals are required by law to report any sign of mistreatment they observe, in order to protect Michigan's children from abuse and neglect. The laws surrounding abuse and neglect cases are serious and outline severe penalties for guardians mistreating their dependents and mandated reporters who fail to do something about it. If you're involved in a child abuse and neglect case in any way, you'll need a CPS attorney who knows drug crimes to handle your case and help you prove your innocence.
The Grabel & Associates team understands the ins and outs of child abuse and neglect law in Michigan and has worked on numerous cases involving failure to report. We take every case that comes across our desks seriously, and are ready to step into your case at any stage to help defend you. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you in your case involving mandatory reporting or child abuse.
Understanding Mandatory Reporting in Michigan for Drug Crimes
If you're a human service provider, child care provider, education provider, health care provider, or law enforcement officer, you are a mandated reporter. Mandated reporter laws are fairly simple. If you're a professional that works in close proximity with children, you are required by law to call CPS if you suspect a child has been harmed or is in danger of being harmed. If you fail to report abuse or neglect, you could face large fines, jail time, or both. There is a lot at stake for both you and the child involved, which is why it's important to understand your duties and know how to recognize clear signs of mistreatment. Abuse and neglect are broad legal terms that refer to a wide range of negative actions that can cause harm to a child. For example, if a parent or guardian is abusing, distributing or cultivating drugs, he or she may face abuse and neglect charges.
If you've been accused of knowing a child is in danger and failing to file a report with CPS, you'll need to reach out to an attorney to help you prove your innocence. A lawyer will aggressively battle on your behalf to help you receive a just outcome and will set you up to move on with your life after your case has been resolved. Don't put your future on the line and risk the wellbeing of your family. Enlist the help of a lawyer as soon as your learn you are under investigation.
What Is CPS in Michigan?
CPS, or Children's Protective Services, is an organization that exists to help promote the safety and wellbeing of children. When you're a mandated reporter, you file a report directly with CPS. Upon receiving your report, a CPS worker will thoroughly review the details and ask you questions to determine if an investigation is warranted. If the CPS worker determines there is reason to believe a child has been harmed or is in danger, he or she will open a case and start an investigation within 24 hours of receiving your call.
A typical CPS investigation consists of interviews, a home visit, and an assessment of the family's strengths and weaknesses. If a CPS worker determines the child is not safe to remain at home, he or she will request that the court remove the child. The child will then be placed in the care of family, friends, or a foster family.
Cases Involving Mandated Reporters and Drug Crimes
We take cases involving mandated reporters very seriously. We know that it's easy to miss the warning signs of abuse or neglect and believe you don't need the legal repercussions to recognize your error. If you've been accused of failure to report and are facing the life-altering penalties, call Grabel & Associates. Our attorneys will review every detail of your case and even conduct our own investigation if necessary to prove that you were not aware that the child was in danger. The sooner you connect with us, the better we can serve you in your criminal case.
Contact Us Now For Help
To speak with us about your criminal case, dial 1-800-342-7896. You'll receive a free initial case consultation from a skilled case analyst and we'll advise you of the best way to proceed in your case.