Child Protective Services Cases in Michigan
Michigan Criminal Sexual Conduct Attorneys
Allegations of child abuse by teachers, counselors, family members, or others may result in you being contacted by Child Protective Services (CPS) or even law enforcement. Parents or professionals who have been accused of child abuse or neglect may feel unsure about how to proceed. If you are feeling lost, reach out to the Michigan sex crime defense lawyers at the Law Offices of Shannon M. Smith, P.C. We can investigate the claims against you and prepare a solid defense on your behalf.
Burden of Proof for Terminating Parental Rights
Cases stemming from a petition filed by CPS can be devastating to parents, especially those who are innocent of the allegations being made. Many times while the cases are pending, the ability for them to see their children is suspended and their rights as a parent may be on the line. In fact, the burden of proof to terminate parental rights is less than the burden of proof in a criminal case. This means that, even if a parent is not found guilty in a criminal proceeding, their parental rights may still be terminated.
We are able to defend clients against CPS cases involving allegations of:
- Child abuse
- Child neglect
- Sexual abuse
- Sex crimes
- Criminal sexual conduct
Aggressively Defending the Rights of Parents
At Law Offices of Shannon M. Smith, P.C., we are fully aware of what is at stake for parents in CPS cases, how little the burden of proof is for the accusing end, and how difficult the fight can become.
Our Michigan lawyers are particularly well-versed when it comes to cases involving allegations of sex crimes, molestation, sexual abuse, and criminal sexual conduct. We have successfully defended many parents from a variety of accusations, and have the in-depth knowledge, resources, and skills to effectively assist you in preventing the state from taking away your children.