Protective Orders and DCF Investigations in Connecticut

  • If you don’t understand your protective order, something as simple as a phone call could land you arrested.
  • When family court, criminal court, and DCF are all involved it can be difficult to understand what is an isn’t allowed.
  • Violating a protective order is a separate criminal offense and can lead to further DCF involvement.
  • If you’re subject to a protective order, or think you may soon be, the first step toward a positive outcome could be contacting a defense lawyer.

Can DCF Keep Me From My Kids?

Not in the same respect that the criminal or family courts can. DCF can remove your kids from the home in certain situations, to learn more click here, but they cannot force you out of your home in the way a protective order can.

DCF cases in Connecticut often come hand in hand with criminal protective orders or with family restraining orders. The criminal protective order follows an arrest for domestic violence, while a family restraining order follows an application by an alleged victim of abuse, threatening, or stalking. These orders can keep you out of your home and away from your family. To learn more about the specific kinds of orders, follow this link.

What Happens If I Violate My Protective Order?

All protective orders prohibit you from assaulting, threatening, abusing, harassing, following, interfering with, or stalking the protected party. This is an inclusive list, but be warned that the police have a good amount of discretion in deciding what is and isn’t classified as one of these behaviors. Violating a protective order results in additional criminal charges, felony charges, even if the order was initially issued by a family court. To learn more, click here.

If the violation involves any perceived abuse or neglect of your child, it could also result in DCF being called to investigate. The police are mandated reporters and if they suspect abuse or neglect, they are required by law to call it in to DCF.

If The Police Call DCF Will They Investigate Me?

DCF will look into the case, and decide whether or not to accept the referral. You can expect to hear from DCF pretty soon after the incident or your arrest and they will want to speak to you, the child’s other parent or guardian, and the child. To learn more about DCF investigations and the process of them, click here.

DCF Is Investigating Me And I Got Arrested, Now What?

On the other hand, if DCF was already investigating you and you got arrested for domestic violence resulting in a protective order, you can expect DCF to find out. This could potentially increase DCF’s involvement in your life in both their investigation and due to the fact that they can give the criminal court their input regarding your case if the children are at all involved.

Contact a DCF Criminal Defense Attorney Today

Connecticut DCF investigations, criminal and family protective orders, and criminal allegations should be taken with the utmost seriousness. You deserve an attorney who is ready, willing, and able to fight efficiently and vigorously in your defense. To learn more about the dedicated team at Mark Sherman Law, head over to to read some client reviews and then call us today to begin building your defense.

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