man bowing head in courtThis is the next post in my series on the handling of CPS cases involving Las Vegas fathers. My last article discussed what to expect in a CPS case. It is important that a dad take the allegations seriously, even if they know them to be false, as the Court’s sole concern will be for the safety of the child. Retaining an attorney is the first step in ensuring that your rights remain protected. In this article I will discuss steps which dads can take to defend themselves against claims of abuse or neglect. If you or a loved one are facing a legal issue then contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.

Fathers can present evidence of the situation to Child Protective Services

As I discussed in my last article, CPS will often conduct a lengthy investigation prior to filing a formal case. During this investigation a dad will have the opportunity to present evidence to a CPS investigator and to tell their side of the story. It is important to be cooperative and to answer the investigator’s questions fully. If the claims about the dad are outright false, or are based on information which is taken out of context, then this investigation is the time at which the dad may be able to prevent a formal case from even being filed. Also, even if the investigator finds that there is cause for concern, they may be willing to recommend an informal resolution which results in the dad avoiding a formal charge in exchange for making certain changes. How any case will be handled is always going to depend on the specifics of the situation.

If a formal case is filed against a father then he will be granted full due process and the opportunity to defend himself. This means that a dad will be able to call witnesses, cross-examine witnesses, present evidence, etc. It is important to understand that this will occur in the context of a formal Court proceeding. This means that the rules of procedure and the rules of evidence will apply. If these rules are not followed then it can mean that the Court may not be able to consider valuable evidence on the father’s behalf. Worse, if proper objections are not lodged against them the Court may end up considering evidence against the father which should not have been admitted. The best way to ensure one’s case is handled correctly is to retain an attorney.

Las Vegas fathers should retain an attorney immediately if they have been contacted by CPS

I cannot stress enough that one should retain counsel as soon as possible if they have been contacted by Child Protective Services. Counsel will be able to assist you through all aspects of the case, including the investigative stage. CPS workers will be well aware of your rights and you may request that your attorney be a part of any interactions you have with them. Moreover, counsel will assist you as to what information is, and is not, relevant to the case. When selecting an attorney, it is strongly suggested that you choose someone with experience in such matters.

I am a Las Vegas fathers’ rights lawyer who has handled many cases involving Child Protective Services. I believe that everyone is entitled to both effective representation and respect. I will take all necessary steps to protect your rights as this process moves forward. If you are in need of assistance then contact my office online or by telephone today to schedule an initial consultation. I look forward to speaking with you.