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McHenry County DCFS Appeals Attorneys

Rockford DCFS attorney

Department of Children and Family Services Appeals

When an allegation of child abuse and/or neglect is made, the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) usually launches an investigation. Based on the DCFS investigation, an "indicated finding" may be made against the alleged perpetrator and criminal charges or a juvenile court casecan follow. Even if no charges are filed, the charges are ultimately dismissed or you are acquitted, the DCFS indicated finding can negatively impact your life and livelihood in the future. At Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC, we help clients appeal the DCFS indicated findings and clear their names.

Defending Against False Abuse Allegations

Child abuse allegations are very serious and the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) does important work to help protect minors in dangerous situations. Not all abuse allegations, however, are founded. Mandated reporters, such as teachers and doctors, must report all suspicions of abuse. A poorly conducted investigation by DCFS can lead to an erroneous indicated finding of abuse or neglect that has serious consequences for family as well as the accused abuser. In some cases, your child may be taken out of your home and put in state custody.

To have your child returned to you requires immediate action which includes challenging the DCFS indicated finding. Before making any statements to DCFS during their investigation obtain legal representation to assist you during the process.

Criminal Charges And DCFS Appeals

If an indicated finding is made against you by DCFS, it can prevent you from working in an environment with children and may appear on background checks for anywhere from 5-50 years. This finding may be based on less than credible evidence which can only be overturned by an administrative appeal. In order to do that, you may need the assistance of a knowledgeable attorney. Time is of the essence as you only have 60 days to request an appeal after notification by DCFS. Moreover, the investigation may result in criminal charges which can lead to serious jail time. Our attorneys can defend you against any criminal charges you may face while also handling your DCFS appeal. We are committed to helping restore families torn apart by false abuse and neglect allegations.

If you have been accused of child abuse or neglect and are dealing with a DCFS investigation, or have been "indicated" by DCFS, contact us immediately to discuss your case at a free consultation. We will answer your questions, provide valuable information, and help advise you about the DCFS investigative and appellate process. Our firm is located in Crystal Lake, Illinois, and we work with clients throughout the Chicagoland area. We offer payment plans and accept credit cards. Se habla Español.

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