Child Protective Services Cases in Michigan
Allegations of child abuse by teachers, counselors, family members, or others will result in you being contacted by Child Protective Services (CPS) and/or law enforcement.
It is greatly upsetting to be accused of abusing a child. That is exacerbated ten-fold, at least, when the accuser is the State of Michigan.
It’s hard to think when this occurs. It’s even harder to know what to do.
Let’s be clear – there is only one thing to do and you need to do it immediately – call an attorney. Call us. Trying to deal with these accusations yourself will almost certainly result in one thing and one thing only – you will make things worse.
Call us. As soon as you can, even if you’re just worried ‘something might be happening.’ We will help. We will outline every option you have. We will investigate the claims against you and prepare a solid defense on your behalf.
Burden of Proof for Terminating Parental Rights
A petition filed by CPS is devastating to any parent, more so, of course, to those who are innocent of the allegations being made. The CPS process, of necessity, is designed to protect the child. Exclusively. Many times, this means parents will not be able to see their children. Sometimes, there is the possibility parental rights will be terminated altogether.
You should know that the burden of proof to terminate parental rights is far 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 could still be terminated.
We understand this. We work to ensure this does not occur.
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 Smith Blythe, PC, we are fully aware of what is at stake for parents in CPS cases, how low the burden of proof is, and how difficult the fight can become.
We're ready for all those things.
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.