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What to Do If You Are Investigated by CPS or ACS

What to Do If You Are Investigated by CPS or ACSThe first thing you should do is stay calm, be careful and do not help the investigator build a case against you. Ask the investigator why they are investigating you. Ask them what the allegations are against you. Take the name, phone number and email of the investigator.

Speak To An Attorney

When the investigator comes to see you, say as little as possible. Be courteous and polite but let the investigator know you dispute the allegations against you and you wish to confer with an attorney before dealing with the allegations in specificity.

The Investigator

Do not invite the investigator into your home. Speak with them the first time they come in your doorway. They have no right to come into your home. They are not a guest. If they want a private interview with your children, ask that they be videotaped.

Your Doctor

If you’re accused of physically abusing your children or neglecting your children bring them to your doctor to be examined. Have the doctor write a report stating your children have not been abused or neglected.

Alternate Caretakers For Your Children

If CPS advises you they are going to seize your children, create a list of family, friends or relatives who you feel would be in a position to care for your children.

Never Admit Guilt

Never, never admit guilt even if you are guilty. There is no benefit to your admitting guilt. If you hire an attorney experienced in handling ACS and CPS investigations, the attorney can plea bargain your situation if you do not confess to being guilty.

schlissel-headshotElliot S. Schlissel, Esq. is the managing partner of Schlissel DeCorpo LLP. He has been practicing law for 42 years. Elliot, his partner Nathan DeCorpo, and their associates represent individuals in child abuse and child neglect investigations throughout the Metropolitan New York area. The law firm has been involved in handling these cases for more than 45 years. Elliot, Nathan and their associates have extensive experience dealing with scores of cases and successfully defending their clients regarding allegations of child abuse and child neglect. Elliot and Nathan can be reached at 800-344-6431 or e-mail Elliot at Elliot@sdnylaw.com or Nathan at Ndecorpo@sdnylaw.com.

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