If you are accused of sexual misconduct with a child, you might be investigated by Child Protective Services (CPS). A CPS investigation in Texas can be invasive. CPS can make you feel like a criminal, even if you have done nothing wrong or have not even been accused of a crime. It can be an overwhelming and frustrating experience.
While you might think that you can handle a CPS investigation on your own, the best thing that you can do as soon as you learn of the investigation is to contact The Wilder Law Firm. When you hire us, you are hiring a skilled team with more than 25 years of experience. Call us at 214-741-4000 for immediate help.
What is a CPS Investigation?
CPS was created to protect the interests and well being of children in the state of Texas. As such, any allegations of child abuse or sexual abuse of a child will likely be investigated by CPS. Anyone can report abuse to CPS, but there are also professionals who are legally obligated to report any suspected abuse to the authorities. Those who have a mandatory reporting obligation include those who work closely with children or the elderly populations, such as doctors, nurses and teachers.
There is always room for error when alleged abuse is reported for CPS. Most commonly, the person who reported the “abuse” misunderstood the child or false allegations were involved. We will explore every avenue in the event that you face a CPS investigation. Our #1 priority is to protect you and your rights.
CPS separates reports of abuse based on three categories. These are “no priority,” “priority two,” and “priority one.” No priority cases are generally not well substantiated and CPS does not launch an investigation or take further action. Priority two cases involve an investigation launched within 72 hours after a report is made. Priority one cases are reserved for situations in which there are reasons to believe that a child is in immediate danger of death or serious harm. These cases are investigated within 24 hours of the report.
During a CPS investigation, CPS decides if a child has previously been neglected or abused, or if the child is at risk for future neglect or abuse. If CPS determines that this is the case, they have the authority to remove the child from your home and place them in foster care. In addition, CPS can notify the Attorney General of their findings, which could lead to criminal charges against the alleged actor in the situation.
Your Protection Strategy
The most important thing to keep in mind is that you do not have to talk to a CPS investigator. You have the right to remain silent, and you also have the right to keep the investigator out of your home. It is best to say nothing as anything you say to an investigator can and will be used against you in court.
If a CPS investigator comes to your home, you are permitted to have your child or children come to the door so the investigator can visualize their safety. This prevents the CPS investigator from entering your home due to an emergency situation. Inform the CPS investigator that you have retained the Wilder Law Firm and wish to exercise your fifth amendment right.
Our #1 Priority is Protecting You
If you or a loved one are being investigated by CPS, you need The Wilder Law Firm in your corner. It is important that you do not take this situation lightly as it is serious and could result in your children being taken away and criminal charges. Your family and freedom are at stake and we will ensure you are protected. Contact us immediately at 214-741-4000 for the help and guidance that you need.