Often times a parent may have a CPS case and a parallel criminal case. If this has happened it is vital that you get an attorney that is familiar in representing parents in both cases. Here’s why:
I you have a CPS case and talk — giving statements to investigators, caseworkers, therapists, etc — then you’ve just given a “non custodial” statement that can now be used against you in the criminal case. This is equivalent to a confession and you may have just laid the way to jail.
Often times, in criminal cases, the prosecutor will offer an easy deal of time served in a misdemeanor family assault or a deferred adjudication in a felony case. This is a trap. Although it seems as though this will make everything go away, it won’t. The minute you plead guilty on a straight plea or a deferred, you may have just lost your child in the CPS case.
Please call an attorney who knows how to protect the parent in both cases. Simply put, a family attorney may not be able to protect you criminally and a criminal attorney may not be able to protect you civilly in the CPS case.