One of the worst things that can happen to a parent involved in a child custody case is to have their ex-spouse accuse them of child abuse. Unfortunately, this is becoming more and more common. If you are involved in a divorce/child custody situation, contact the Law Office of Jason Wright to speak with a skilled DCFS false allegations lawyer Williamson County, TX clients recommend.
Under Texas law, whenever a parent is accused of child abuse, the Texas Child Protective Services is required to investigate that accusation, no matter who the person is who has made the accusation. Even if there is suspicion that the complaint is being made to gain the upper hand in a child custody battle, the state is still required to complete a thorough investigation.
A family lawyer Williamson County, TX parents trust knows how understandable it is for any parent to be angry and upset if they are accused of causing harm to their child, however, regardless of how upset you are about being accused, it is always best to be as cooperative as possible. Failure to cooperate or becoming too defensive could raise red flags with the investigator overseeing your case. This is why it is better for your case to cooperate. If you do feel the investigator is making unreasonable or inappropriate requests, your attorney can intervene.
There is no way to anticipate how Child Protective Services will handle the complaint against a parent. Depending on the circumstances of the case and how serious the allegations of abuse are, they may prevent the accused parent from seeing the child or only allow supervised visits.
Unless there is compelling evidence of abuse, your attorney should be able to fight against these charges and have them dropped. However, there is also the matter of the parent who filed the false allegations. Under Texas law, if a person knowingly files false child abuse charges, it is a felony criminal offense and a conviction could bring with it harsh penalties. The court can also order the parent to pay the attorney fees of the parent they falsely accused, as well as restrict that parents custodial and/or visitation with the parent.
Have You Been Falsely Accused of Child Abuse by Your Ex?
If you have been falsely accused of child abuse and are being investigated by the state, you need a skilled and dedicated Williamson County, TX DCFS false allegations lawyer advocating for your rights. If a parent is found guilty of these charges, they not only face criminal charges, but they can also lose their parental rights and any chance at custody or visitation. Contact the Law Office of Jason Wright to schedule a free and confidential consultation and find out how our legal team can help defend you against these false charges. Call our office today.