Preliminary Hearing of CPS Investigation During a Sex Crime Investigation in Michigan
If your child has been taken from your home, a preliminary hearing will take place within 24 hours. During this hearing, CPS will present evidence to the judge in an effort to prove there is adequate reason to believe the child is in danger and that there is probable cause to believe the reasons given in the initial petition. During this hearing, there are no rules regarding admissible evidence. This means that anything goes – even hearsay qualifies as evidence. A good attorney will use this time to solidify the case CPS is presenting and ask any questions they may have. This information will be extremely valuable as they prepare for the jurisdiction hearing.
What Happens During a CPS Preliminary Hearing?
If the judge sides with CPS after the preliminary hearing, the child will be placed with another parent or foster family for the time being. In six months, the case will be revisited in an effort to reunite the child and his or her family.
Parent Accused of Sex Crime in Michigan
If you are a parent who has been accused of committing a sex crime, it is likely that CPS will begin looking into your case. If they determine your child has suffered abuse or neglect as a result, they may file a petition to have him or her removed from your home. If you want to keep your family together, contacting a defense attorney is the first step. The sooner you obtain legal assistance, the better your chances are of earning a favorable outcome. Your defense attorney will monitor your interactions with CPS, protecting you from tricky investigation tactics and protecting you from offering a false confession. He or she will also help you prepare for the worst, lessening the potentially negative impact a CPS investigation gone wrong can have on you and your children.
The Grabel & Associates team has been working on child abuse and neglect cases in Michigan for over 15 years. If you have been accused of committing a sex crime and involving your child in any way, we will battle to prove your innocence and protect you and your family. Call us today to learn more about how our knowledge and experience can benefit you.
The CPS Investigation Process
When CPS receives a report of abuse or neglect, they will begin investigating the claims within 24 hours. An investigation usually includes a home visit, interviews, a physical examination, and an assessment of the family’s strengths and weaknesses. If at any point in the investigation CPS determines your child is in danger, he or she will petition the court to have him or her removed from your home temporarily. If your child is removed, there will be a preliminary hearing with 24 hours.
Your lawyer will prepare you for your CPS investigation by asking you questions and putting together a list of family members or friends who would be willing to take care of your child if he or she is taken. The attorney on your case will also protect you from overzealous police and prosecutors, ensuring you’re on track to receive a just result.
Help of a Seasoned Lawyer Proving Your Innocence
If you have been accused of a sex crime that makes CPS question if you are a fit parent or guardian, contacting a defense attorney is the first action you should take in fighting back. Proving your innocence is difficult, but it can be done with the help of a seasoned lawyer. The Grabel & Associates team has been handling sex crime cases in Michigan for over 15 years. We know what it takes to be successful and we will stop at nothing as we work to earn you the best available results. Contact us as soon as you suspect you are under investigation. The sooner you reach out to us, the better we can serve you in your criminal case.
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