Child Abuse / Neglect
If Child Protective Services has contacted you about your child, you need
to know your legal rights and options. The attorneys of
Tilem & Associates, PC have a special administrative law practice assisting people throughout
the New York City area with accusations of child abuse and neglect.
Our lawyers can meet with you personally and provide a
free initial consultation to discuss your situation. Our law offices are in White Plains, and we
regularly help people throughout Westchester County, the 5 boroughs of
New York, Rockland County, Nassau County, and Suffolk County.
What We Do
In any case involving alleged child abuse or neglect, we act as an intermediary
between our clients and Child Protective Services (CPS). We know how to
present your case to the authorities in a way that will get results.
Our lawyers can analyze your situation and advise you on whether you should
cooperate with the authorities. We can advise you as to your rights, and
give you the exact definition of child abuse and neglect under the law.
Child Protective Services begins by investigating your home situation to
see if child abuse or neglect has occurred. If the investigator feels
the child is not in imminent danger but is still at risk, he or she will
file Article 10 motion in family court. This starts a process of reviewing
whether the child should be removed from the home.
You always have the option of refusing to cooperate, but there can be consequences.
Either way, an investigator can take a case to court. And an investigator
is typically more likely to file an Article 10 if you do not cooperate.
If the investigator feels the child is in imminent risk, he or she will
remove the child immediately. You are then entitled to a 1028 hearing
to make your case.
Investigators are allowed to go to a school and interview a child without
the parent knowing. If this has happened,
do not take the child out of school. This will be considered child neglect.
Contact Tilem & Associates, PC
We have always maintained a client-first practice, working closely with
each client. Speak with one of our White Plains criminal defense attorneys,
free of charge, by
calling us at 888-840-0043.