Child Protection Law in Michigan During Sex Crime Investigations in Michigan
Michigan sex crime law outlines severe penalties for those found guilty of committing offenses, especially when children are involved in the case. If you’ve been accused of a sex crime, it’s important to reach out to a lawyer as soon as possible. Involving legal representation will help ensure you receive a just outcome in your criminal case. One of the biggest mistakes defendants make is not taking charges seriously. If you’re innocent, it’s easy to write off accusations and assume that police and prosecutors will uncover the truth in your case. Unfortunately, this is not often the case. Police are looking for evidence that points to your guilt, so it’s important to hire someone who will look for evidence that points to your innocence. The Grabel & Associates team has been involved in criminal defense in Michigan for over 15 years and understands what it takes to receive a favorable outcome in a sex crime case.
If you’re a parent accused of a sex crime, it’s crucial to connect with a lawyer in the earliest stages of your case. Not only are you facing life-altering consequences such as jail time, large fines, and registration as a sex offender, but you could also be up against a CPS investigation. If a CPS worker determines your child has been harmed or is at risk of being harmed, he or she could file a petition to remove your kids from your home. Call Grabel & Associates as soon as you learn you’re under investigation to give yourself the best shot at proving your innocence and protecting your family.
How Does a CPS Investigation Work for Sex Crimes?
Michigan law requires certain individuals to report any sign of abuse or neglect. These individuals, such as teachers, healthcare workers, and caregivers, typically do their best to provide accurate information. Unfortunately, however, there are times when CPS receives a false report from a mandated reporter. If you’ve been accused of harming your child or neglecting to shield your child from harm, contact an attorney to prove your innocence.
A CPS investigation begins within 24 hours to receiving a report. The CPS worker has 30 days from receiving the claim to wrap up the investigation. An investigation typically consists of a home visit, interviews with the alleged victim and perpetrator, and an assessment of the child’s safety, future risk, and the family’s needs and strengths. Having a lawyer on your side during the investigation will ensure your legal rights are upheld. For example, if a CPS worker shows up at your front door unannounced, your lawyer will inform you that you do not have to let him or her in. It is your right to deny access until the CPS worker can produce a warrant. The further you can keep CPS workers from your case, the better your chances are of proving your innocence.
What Is the Difference Between CPS and Police?
CPS and the police often work together in investigations, so it can be difficult to distinguish the difference. The biggest difference you should be aware of is that police do not have the power to remove your children from your home. Only CPS can file a petition with the court requesting action be taken to protect the child. Similarly, CPS cannot charge you with a crime. Their only job is to protect children—Prosecutors have to bring all criminal charges based on police investigations.
Your attorney will walk you through every stage of your case and explain all of the details. The Grabel & Associates team believes that keeping you informed is the best way to enable you to make wise legal decisions, putting you back in charge of your future.
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If you’ve been accused of committing a sex crime in Michigan, our lawyers will work around the clock to uncover all of the evidence that points to your innocence that police and prosecutors may have missed. We’re willing to devote the necessary time and energy it takes to put you on track to receiving the best available outcome. Take a look at our track record and see why we’re recognized as one of Michigan’s leading defense firms. Our attorneys have the necessary experience knowledge to earn you the best available results, making us the right choice for your legal defense.
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