Can I Get Arrested During a Connecticut DCF Investigation?
Have you been involved in a domestic dispute? Were your children around? In addition to the police, DCF will get involved as well. If you’ve been arrested for charges that involve children under 16, you need to contact a top Connecticut criminal defense lawyer today to learn more.What is DCF?
The Connecticut Department of Children and Families—more commonly known as DCF—is a state administrative agency charged with overseeing the well-being, health, and safety of Connecticut children. DCF can get involved when there are concerns over child abuse and/or neglect. Sometimes, these allegations come out of criminal charges often related to domestic violence.What is Domestic Violence in Connecticut?
Domestic violence arrests in Connecticut are covered by a broad legal umbrella and refer to just about any crime that occurs between two people who have a family or household relationship. To learn more about domestic violence charges, click here.Why Would Both the Police and DCF Get Involved?
The police investigate criminal activity and are not responsible for rehabilitating families during accusatiosn of child abuse or neglect. DCF is concerned with the well-being of the children involved. If there was a domestic violence crime which took place in front of, or involving children under 18, then DCF will begin an investigation to make sure the kids are safe. They will also make sure Connecticut police will investigate the most commonly charged crimes of Risk of Injury to a Minor, and Reckless Endangerment.Is DCF Allowed to Talk to the Police About My Case?
Yes. Nothing you say to DCF is confidential. Therefore, even if you’re just trying to be helpful, what you say can be used against you in criminal court. When talking to DCF it can be very beneficial to have a lawyer by your side to help you not only cooperate with DCF, but give answers that cannot be twisted around later.Should I Contact a Criminal Lawyer if I’m Being Investigated by DCF?
Yes. If you have been contacted by DCF, arrested or contacted by the police (or both), a top Connecticut criminal defense attorney can help in a number of ways. To learn more about your rights, what defense strategies there are, and how to go about securing a positive outcome in your case, call the lawyers at Mark Sherman Law today.