I plead no contest to assaulting a Children's Protective Services worker in a criminal case in Michigan. CPS is trying to use my no contest plea against me in a family court termination of parental rights proceeding, Can they do this? I've read that a no contest plea cannot be used in future trials.
The significance of a "no contest" plea is a criminal case (where the burden of proof is almost always "beyond a reasonable doubt") is that the plea cannot be used against one in a civil suit for damages, where there is a lesser burden of proof. However, as OJ showed us some time ago, just because you are found Not Guilty in a Criminal Trial does NOT mean you are "off the hook" in a civil lawsuit. If you are facing a termination of parental rights proceeding, I assume you have a lawyer representing you -- please be sure to refer this excellent question to them. Were any of your children present during the alleged assault? I wish you all the best of luck. Warmest regards, Matt Catchick.
Your best option is to obtain a free consultation from an attorney who specializes in this area of the law. An attorney can best advise you as to the best strategy for achieving your unique interests. Do not wait, call an attorney immediately.
You should find a local attorney and get advice based on a better conversation. There are too many factors to consider to provide you better advice.
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