Dependency and Neglect | Fort Collins Child Abuse Lawyer

Facing Dependency and Neglect Charges? Click here to learn more about your charges and how a knowledgeable attorney can help you in Larimer County.
Colorado law requires many professionals to report any suspected child abuse or neglect to the police or Human Services (Social Services). After a report is made, Human Services is required to look into the allegations and many times they open a case with the Larimer, Boulder or Jackson County courts. These cases are known as Dependency and Neglect (D & N).

Sentences for Dependency and Neglect

Dependency and Neglect cases are not criminal cases, and therefore those being accused are not prosecuted for a crime. But, this does not mean there are not life changing repercussions. The most serious consequence may be termination of parental or guardian rights. That is why it is essential to have a knowledgeable attorney to defend you and your children throughout your D & N case.

Examples of Dependency and Neglect

Many of our cases involve allegations that a parent is not providing their infant with proper care or that their children are living in an unsafe environment. Usually, the cases begin with Human Services removing the teenagers from home and placing them in foster care. This can be very damaging to the child’s mental and emotional health. Unfortunately, Social Services is not concerned with this type of harm occurring to your children. They focus almost exclusively on physical injury to kids. We defend parents and work hard to have their children returned home.

Why You Need an Attorney for Your Dependency and Neglect Charges

Once Human Services files a petition with the court, the accused is expected to appear in court. While this is considered a civil matter, there is still a possibility that Human Services will report the case to the police for Child Abuse charges to be filed as well. It is important to know that any statements made in the D & N case can be used against you in the criminal case. You should get a trustworthy and experienced lawyer on your case right away in order to get your children returned to your custody as quickly as possible. There are complex rules, numerous hearings, and discovery tools that a skilled Colorado Child Abuse lawyer can use in your favor to protect your children from the government and bring them home. We can also help you reduce the chances of a Child Abuse case being filed.     

If you or a loved one has been charged with Dependency and Neglect, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact an experienced defense attorney at the O’Malley Law Office at 970-658-0007 for a free consultation. Together, we can protect your family’s future.