Cost of a Connecticut DCF Lawyer

  • Even though DCF may not tell you, you have the right to a lawyer during any DCF investigation.
  • If DCF contacts you with reports of suspected child abuse or neglect, contact an attorney before speaking to anyone.
  • Hiring an attorney to represent you can help protect you from placement on the DCF registry.
  • Keep reading to learn how find the best Connecticut DCF investigation lawyer for your case.

Hiring the Best Connecticut DCF Lawyer for Your Family

Finding the right lawyer can be difficult, especially when you’ve never had to deal with the Department of Children and Families (DCF). Here are just a few questions you can ask them:

  • How many DCF investigations they have handled?
  • How many cases they have worked on with the DCF office investigating you?
  • How many neglect petitions they have defended?
  • Do they know the difference between a FAR and a Full Investigation?

Can I Afford a Connecticut DCF Investigation Lawyer?

Yes, you just need to be assertive with the Connecticut DCF law firm you’re dealing with. Be sure to ask the lawyer if they offer flat fees instead of hourly fees so you know exactly how much money you’re spending.

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What Is a DCF Investigation?

If you’ve been arrested for domestic violence in Connecticut with children present in the home, or a report has been made against you with reasonable evidence, DCF is required to investigate. During the investigation process, DCF will interview your friends, teachers and even neighbors. DCF can either launch a Family Assessment Response (“FAR”) or a Full Investigation into allegations. While a FAR is most likely to be dismissed, it can be escalated to a Full at any point.

Do I Have to Let DCF into my House Before I Hire a Lawyer?

No. When DCF receives a report of abuse or neglect, the department has 72 hours to launch an investigation. This means, DCF may show up at your doorstep to interview you regarding the report. We often see families fail to realize that they do not need to answer any questions or let DCF into their home during the initial visit. Always remember—you have the right to ask for legal representation and to consult with an attorney before meeting with DCF. Click here to read more about the investigation process and what to expect.

Do I Have to Talk to DCF Before I Hire a Lawyer?

You do not need to talk to DCF without first consulting with an attorney regarding your DCF investigation and any allegations of abuse or neglect made against you. During your investigation, DCF will report to your home weekly to conduct welfare checks on your children. While you do not always need to cooperate with DCF and their demands, it is often in your best interest to do so. Speak to an experienced attorney to learn how to get your DCF case closed as quickly as possible.

Call to Learn More About the Cost of Hiring a DCF Attorney in CT

Hiring an experienced DCF investigation lawyer in Connecticut to represent you during the process can be helpful in getting your case closed as quickly as possible. Our top attorneys will advocate for your rights and fight to get DCF out of your life. Call our team at Mark Sherman Law today to discuss your case, and click here to read certified reviews from prior satisfied DCF clients.

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