Juvenile Dependency Cases
When a child is represented in court because of parental abuse or neglect, it is a juvenile dependency case. A juvenile court may determine that the minor is dependent on the court for safeguarding. The child may be removed from their parent and placed in the care of relatives or a foster care family.
Often times, a parent will face criminal charges as well. Additionally, there can be overlapping family court issues.
If you are being investigated by law enforcement and/or a social services agency, and there is a threat that the juvenile court will step in and take jurisdiction, you need to consult an attorney familiar with juvenile dependency cases and the overlapping jurisdictions of the other courts.
When a parent is faced with the accusation that they, or a family member, have abused or neglected their child, the consequences can be serious, far reaching, and possibly permanent. You could be facing the removal of your child or children from the home, the need for the other parent to vacate the family home, endless court appearances and service plan requirements, and the possibility of losing your parental rights.
As a parent, having a petition filed against you in Juvenile Dependency Court can be one of most difficult experiences of your life. The Law Offices of Paula Drake can help you.
Criminal Defense Attorney Paula Drake has worked previously as a public defender handling juvenile dependency cases. Each case is unique, so a consultation at your earliest opportunity could help you to understand what you are facing and explore your best options.