Dispositional Hearings of CPS Investigation (Initial and Review) During a Sex Crime Case in Michigan
CPS investigations are composed of five different hearings; the preliminary hearing, the plea hearing, the adjudicatory hearing, the dispositional hearing, and the review and permanency hearing. Navigating an investigation can feel overwhelming at times, which is why it is important to contact a skilled defense team as soon as you learn that CPS is looking into your case. Your lawyer will prepare you for interactions with CPS and help you set yourself up to receive the best available outcome. The Grabel & Associates team has been assisting clients in CPS cases for over 15 years. We understand the stress it can cause families, which is why we are committed to doing everything in our power to shield you from caseworkers. We will keep your family’s best interest in mind throughout the entire process, and offer sound legal advice that will put you on track to earning a favorable result. If you need help handling your CPS case, pick up the phone and call our toll-free hotline today.
CPS Investigation Process in Sex Crimes in Michigan
CPS strives to protect children by investigating claims of abuse and neglect. If a mandated reporter or concerned citizen contacted them, you could face an investigation, regardless of the details of your case. If your child was not harmed, you may feel you have nothing to worry about. This is not always the case. You can face penalties for simply putting your child in a potentially dangerous situation or exposing them to inappropriate material. If you’re a parent that has been accused of committing a sex crime in Michigan, you should prepare for a CPS worker to show up at your front door.
An investigation usually begins with a home visit and interviews with the child and caregiver. If a CPS worker knocks at your front door unannounced, you do not have to let him or her inside. You have legal rights that protect you from certain investigation tactics, and it is wise to take advantage of them. Your lawyer will set up a time when CPS can speak with you, giving you time to prepare your story and your child. After a home visit and interviews, CPS workers typically review relevant case documents. This information helps them determine if your child could have been harmed in any way by your sex crime. If there is evidence of physical abuse, a doctor will examine your child. After all of this is done, CPS will compile a family assessment that outlines your strengths and weaknesses. If CPS determines your child is in danger at any point during the investigation, he or she may be removed from your home and the first hearing of your CPS case will take place within 72 hours.
Dispositional Hearing is Scheduled After a Guilty Plea
If you enter a guilty plea or a judge finds you guilty during your adjudicatory hearing, a dispositional hearing will be scheduled. You will receive a plan of action from CPS that outlines what you have to do if you want your child back. You will have time to review the plan with your attorney before appearing before the judge at your dispositional hearing. At this hearing, you can ask clarifying questions and make requests for any changes in CPS’s care plan. The judge will decide on the final plan of action, and after this hearing, you will be required to follow it. Six months after the dispositional hearing, the judge will review your case to determine if you’ve stuck with the plan and made progress. If so, your child may be returned.
CPS Dispositional Hearings Representation in Michigan
If you have been found guilty by CPS, we’ll help you prepare for your dispositional hearing by reviewing the petition and presenting your questions and concerns in a compelling way to the judge. We will work alongside you, aggressively fighting for a way to win your child or children back. The sooner you connect with our legal team, the better we can serve you and help you avoid unjust consequences.
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Your family should not have to suffer wrongfully. If CPS is after you because of your involvement in a sex crime case, contact us online. A skilled case analyst is available 24/7 to answer your questions and provide you with a free initial case consultation, so do not hesitate to reach out to us.