Is Child Protective Services The Police?
No, its mission is to ensure the welfare of children. However, it is required to investigate allegations of sexual abuse to a child and will work closely with the police. In most counties, alleged
child victims are taken to a Children's Advocasy Center.
It must be assumed that any statements made to a CPS worker will be provided to the police. CPS will attempt to talk to an accused even if he has been charged and has counsel. They are not
considered law enforcement by the courts and are not subject to the same constitutional requirements.
If CPS Has Proposed a Safety Plan, Do I Still Need a Lawyer?
A safety plan does not end a criminal investigation. Unfortunately, many of our clients come to us after CPS has already done an investigation, taken statements from all members of the family, and
proposed a child safety plan. They are surprised when a police officer shows up at their door.
As it turns out, many officers prefer to wait for CPS to finish their investigation before beginning theirs. Some police find it particularly helpful that many parents, fearful of losing their
parental rights, will talk freely with CPS about allegations of sexual assault. CPS doesn't have to tell an accused parent that the police are investigating him for a crime.
Don't Talk to CPS Without Counsel
The best course of action is not to speak with any governmental agency accusing you of sexual assault of a child absent representation by an experienced sex crimes lawyer.
Bennett Law Office has the experience to represent you in your case of sexual assault of a child. Our attorneys will work diligently to give you fair, compassionate representation. We have the
knowledge and experience to help you deal with CPS and the police.
Contact us today to find out how we can represent you in your case!