Q: Losing your children to child protective services
A friend of mine is going through a nasty divorce. in January his soon-to-be ex-wife called the police on him for domestic violence even though she was the one that put hands on him, and they do have pictures of his injuries. Child protective services was contacted because she claimed neglect on him. He has a court date coming up on the 11th and is very worried he's going to jail. She claims if she doesn't work with the DA and prosecute him, child protective services will take her children. Is that possible in California? Can he do anything to help him not end up in jail?
A: More info is needed to properly evaluate your case.
WITH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE THE STATE IF THE VICTIM AND EVEN IF THE SPOUSE WANTS TO DROP CHARGES THE DA PRESSURES THEM TO CONTINUE AND IF THEY DON'T THEY TRY TO PRESENT A CASE BASED ON THE ORIGINAL COMPLAINT TO THE POLICE.
BE SURE YOUR FRIEND REQUESTS THAT THE COURT APPOINTS A PUBLIC DEFENDER TO REPRESENT HIM.
What you are doing is the same as asking a doctor to diagnose your problem over the phone when you say I have a stomach ache, can you cure me and what will it cost?
However, it is always a good idea to contact a local attorney proximate to the court to which you would appear if he can afford one.
In other words, I am in Palm Springs and you don’t want to hire a Palm Springs lawyer for an LA case.
Most DUI and PI lawyers will offer a free consultation to review the facts. Most other areas of law are handled on an hourly, and thus I always suggest a prospective client write out a detailed summary in a page or so. That way you are not paying a lawyer to play secretary.
Call a local attorney to discuss your matter in more detail and to request an appointment.
If you need help finding a good lawyer please contact me at my number below. Good Luck
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