Are You Being Investigated By North Carolina Child Protective Services?
Child Protective Services (CPS) often gets involved to investigate allegations of child sexual abuse before the police come calling. If CPS has called or visited your home to ask questions about improper contact with a child, you can be sure that you are under investigation. All it takes is a child or parent to accuse you of inappropriate contact and you may be questioned about your contact with the child. In many circumstances, it is a short step from a CPS investigation to being charged.
Our team of Raleigh defense lawyers at Roberts Law Group, PLLC provides skillful, aggressive representation for people charged with sex offenses against children or those who may be under investigation by Child Protective Services. Contact our Raleigh law office for a free consult today.
Has The Division Of Social Services Contacted You About An Investigation?
Each of North Carolina's 100 counties has it's own Department of Social Services. CPS is within your county's DSS. If you have been accused of a sex offense, the CPS investigator will often open an inquiry. You can expect the following:
- Contact from the CPS agent, by phone, mail or in person
- You may or may not be advised of your rights. The CPS investigator is not obligated to tell you that you can call an attorney or refuse to answer his or her questions.
- Their job is to gather evidence to support the child's allegations. Note that we said they are gathering evidence to support the allegiations of child abuse or neglect, not to prove that you are innocent.
- The CPS investigator is legally obligated to share evidence with the police.
You must take the CPS investigation seriously. It is usually the first step before filing of a criminal charge for sex abuse or another sex offense against a minor. If you have been contacted, we urge you to:
- Speak with a qualified, experienced sex crimes defense attorney right away.
- Don't say a word to the investigator or police unless advised to do so by your lawyer.
- Don't approach or talk to the child or family members who made the accusations.
- Do not discuss the investigation with ANYBODY.
CPS wields a tremendous amount of influence with the police and prosecutors, particularly in the current emotionally charged atmosphere regarding sex abuse. We understand that your first instinct is to defend yourself; avoid making the case against you stronger by talking to the investigator without talking to an attorney first.
Raleigh, North Carolina, CPS Investigation Defense Lawyer
Our defense lawyers at Roberts Law Group, PLLC, know that false accusations of child abuse occur. We know that children's words can be influenced by an adult and that actions can be misinterpreted and misconstrued to appear as though a sex crime occurred when in fact one did not. We believe that you are innocent of a crime until you are proven guilty and we will help you defend your right to that presumption of innocence. Contact our Raleigh law office online today or call 919-521-4646 to schedule a free consultation. We'll explain your options and start defending your rights immediately.h
Maryland vs. J.N.
Charge: 4th Degree Sex Offense, 2nd Degree Assault
Facing: 11 years
Result: Jury Trial - Not Guilty
This client was charged with the improper touching and assault of his ex-girlfriend's daughter. Cross examination and the defense witness testimony revealed that the accuser had been influenced by her mother to testify to events that never occurred.
North Carolina vs. O.S.
Charge: First Degree Forcible Rape and First Degree Kidnapping
Facing: 26 - 33 years in prison
Case involved allegations of forcible rape at gun point. We were able to gather evidence to attack the accuser's credibility and discredit her story. The prosecution dismissed the charges.
State vs. D.P.
Result: The prosecution dismissed the charges
Our client was charged with sexually assaulting an intoxicated acquaintance at a party. We gathered information to prove that those allegations were false.
North Carolina v. J.S.
Charge: Assault On Female
Facing: 60 days in jail
Result: Not Guilty at Jury Trial
Defendant had lost his trial in district court after having been accused of assaulting his wife. After an altercation, defendant's wife fell to the ground and broke her arm. The jury reviewed the facts and found defendant not guilty after carefully reviewing the Court's self defense jury instructions.