How Do I Fight a Connecticut DCF Neglect Petition?

If a Connecticut DCF neglect petition has been filed against you, it is important to stand by your rights and advocate for your family’s best interests. Any of the best Connecticut DCF Neglect Petition attorney can help guide you through the process every step of the way.

What is a Neglect Petition?

When DCF has concerns over a child’s welfare, health, or safety, specifically concerns that a child is abused, uncared for, or neglected, they can file a petition to the juvenile court to adjudicate those concerns.

Is a Neglect Petition the Same as a Criminal Trial?

No. A neglect petition does not necessarily involve an arrest, whereas a criminal trial always follows being arrested or issued a misdemeanor summons. The burden of proof in a neglect petition is different as well. In a neglect petition, the prosecution must prove their case by a fair preponderance of the evidence. On the other hand, in a criminal trial, the prosecution must prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt. The burden in a neglect petition is much lower and easier to meet. Therefore, it is often wise to hire an attorney who can help you advocate for your rights and rebut the prosecution’s allegations.

Will there be a Jury at the Trial?

No. Juvenile proceedings are all done in a private setting, no spectators can come watch and a jury will not determine the case. The finder of fact will be a judge in a neglect petition. The judge will consider the evidence put on by both parties in light of the child’s health and education. At the end of the trial, the judge will decide whether the child should be found to be abused, uncared for, or neglected or on the other hand, if the case should be dismissed.

Call a Connecticut DCF Neglect Petition Attorney Today

A DCF Neglect Petition lawyer can help you to gather information, present witnesses, and get the outcome you deserve at a neglect petition. It is important to take these proceedings very seriously, because you can potentially lose custody of your children. To learn more about how an attorney can help you, call Mark Sherman Law today.

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