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Robert Howell’s Answers

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  • Cps worker

    an anonymous call was made saying i was out doing drugs , my son was not being cared for , my daughter is a drug user, and my husband is in a coma. a cps investigator came out shortly after the call was made. i know who made the call , investigato...

    Robert’s Answer

    Short answer is yes. Under the law DCFS is allowed to investigate any home that has been called in on the hotline and there is an allegation of suspected child abuse or neglect. If you don't let them in they will simply come back with the police.

    Be polite, but DO NOT offer any information that can be used against. Make no admissions to current or past drug use, even with prescriptions. Make no admissions about problems with ex's, domestic violence, past legal history, otherwise you are just making their job easier. If your home is clean, with adequate food and accomodations for the children, they should just write their report and close the case as "unfounded" as to the abuse/neglect issue.

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  • How can we prove that my husband is innocent in an abuse case?

    My 15 year old daughter is accusing my husband of sexually, physically and emotionally abusing her. And claims that I was there for each incident, never gives a scenerio where she was alone with him or someone else being present. So now I am being...

    Robert’s Answer

    This is a very serious issue for the husband. Please be aware that if the allegation if found true, he will wind up on CACI (child abuse california index) which can affect future employment. You should consult with your attorney about the most appropriate defense at trial. Understand also, the burden of proof in these matters is only a preponderance. This is an uphill battle and you should be ready to take the matter to trial. Do not submit to any allegation of sexual abuse, as this can be used as evidence against you in a criminal proceeding. I see these cases all the time and it is tragic, because most often the outcome is against the parent and the consequences are hard on the entire family.

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