Law enforcement officers act under the authority of the state. They are there to investigate, and most likely build a case. They are not there to be your friend. You should be aware of your rights. If your investigated on a serious crime, and a officer asks you to come in for questions, you should immediately seek legal representation. Refuse to speak to them without your lawyer, which they must abide with during an investigation. Most of the time they know the answers to the questions. You should never offer information, or give more information than asked in any legal investigation. Cooperation should never be confused with protecting your rights.
Your under investigation for a violation of employee policy or licensure regulation.
As tempting as it is to toss a employee policy or handbook to the side, it is important that you read it while employed. What the handbook says often dictates how the investigation needs to be followed by the employer. If the employer did not follow proper policy, then you may be able to quash the action, or have civil remedies available. If there is not a handbook you should be aware that you have rights. Employers need cause to take action against your employment status. Again, never offer more information than is being inquired into. Do not take steps to hide issues, as they can lead to worse problems. If you have issues that you should and are concerned about, then you should seek legal assistance. There may not be any way around a ultimate action taken against your employment or licensure, however a lawyer can make sure the employer follows the proper steps. A lawyer may be able to lessen the ramifications, or give you the chance to have a informed and dignified exit.
A Child Services Case Worker shows up on your door step inquiring about abuse or neglect.
A case worker with Children Services is a state employee, therefore they need to respect certain privacy issues. However, they are acting under the color of acting in the best interests of the child during a possible time of peril. In short you must cooperate. However, that does not mean that Children Services Investigators always get it right. Again, never offer more information than asked, however never go out of your way to hide concerns either. You should consider having a witness at your residence during a investigation. Most of the time there is a way to correct any issues that come to light. If there is a finding of neglect or abuse, then you should seek legal counsel because a attorney can make sure that your voice is being heard in court.
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