Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting During Drug Crimes
The state of Michigan takes child abuse and neglect very seriously. In addition to strict punishments for perpetrators, there are laws in place that set certain professionals apart as mandated reporters. A mandated reporter is someone in close contact with children and their families who is required to report any suspicion of abuse or neglect to Child Protective Services. If a mandated reporter fails to report or knowingly files a false report, there are consequences. If you're a mandated reporter that has mistakenly filed a wrongful report or missed signs of abuse or neglect, you may need a CPS attorney experienced in drug crimes to help you avoid large fines, jail time, or potentially both. To learn more about how you can protect your future and move on after an honest mistake, pick up the phone and call our toll-free hotline today.
Who is a Mandated Reporter for CPS During Drug Crimes?
Mandatory reporters should receive training on how to recognize signs of abuse and neglect. If you work in any of the following professions and have not been notified of your legal duties, contact your supervisor. Below is a list of some professions that are required to report any suspicious behavior or signs.
- Social Workers
- School Personnel such as Teachers and Principals
- Health-Care Workers
- Mental Health Professionals
- Child Care Providers
- Law Enforcement Officers
- Medical Examiners
In some states, any individual that suspects child abuse is required to report. Knowing your state's laws regarding mandated reporting will help you do your job, protect yourself, and protect the children in your life.
Criminal Activity Involving Drugs Crimes and Mandated Reporters
If you're a mandated reporter, it is a good idea to understand what criminal activity constitutes child abuse or neglect. The legal definition of child abuse is any action or lack thereof that places a child in immediate or potential physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation, or death. For example, many mandated reporters do not know that drug abuse, manufacturing, cultivation, distribution, or possession is recognized as a form of child abuse in Michigan. If you're a mandatory reporter and you suspect a parent or guardian is involved in illegal drug activity, you need to contact Children's Protective Services as soon as possible and file a report.
When you call CPS, an agent will ask you questions about the information you have to determine if an investigation is warranted. If they conclude that you have adequate reason to believe a child is in danger, they will begin an investigation within 24 hours. An investigation typically begins with an interview with the alleged victim and perpetrator. The interview may take place over the phone or in person. It is common for CPS workers to show up at homes unannounced in the midst of an investigation. The investigation will also include a review of the evidence and, oftentimes, an examination by a trusted healthcare professional. If the evidence collected substantiates that abuse has taken place, the CPS worker will take action to remove the child from immediate harm.
Fail to Report Neglect Mandatory Reporter Cases
If you fail to do your part as a mandated reporter, you could face a large fine and up to six months in jail. To avoid these life-altering penalties, contact an attorney as soon as you are informed of your failure to report. Having a lawyer on your side will help you clear your name and prove your innocence.
The Grabel & Associates team has been working on cases involving mandated reporters for over 15 years. We understand the complexities of mandated reporter laws and child abuse and neglect laws in Michigan and are ready to put our knowledge and experience to work in your case. Call us today or fill out our online contact form to learn more about how our team can assist you.
Contact Us for Assistances in Mandated Reporter Cases in Michigan
To speak with a member of our staff anytime, day or night, simply dial 1-800-342-7896. We'll provide you with a free initial case consultation and get you on track to receiving a favorable result. Our attorneys will review all of the details in your unique case to develop a completely customized approach to your defense. The sooner you get legal representation involved, the better chance you have of receiving a successful outcome.