Recently a family member has been accused of sexually molesting a child he used to work with. The mother of the child made this accusation over a year ago but never went further with it until now. The mother has strange men in and out of the home all the time. DCF supported the case against my family member. He is going to appeal the case but what other actions can be taken?
I assume you mean that the appeal will be via a Fair Hearing. The family member should consult with a criminal lawyer because he/she may be facing criminal charges especially if DCF referred the case to the District Attorney. In that event, the family member likely should not provide any information at the Fair Hearing as what he/she might say, can be used against the person at the criminal trial. While it may feel bad to be wrongly accused, a Fair Hearing is not the place to "defend" one's self when criminal liability is still a possibility.
I agree with Sam. Going to a Fair Hearing without a lawyer is like an invitation to lose the case.
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