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Legal Tips


  • A timeline of the day of injury, witnesses to account of injury, etc.
  • Document every contact with the local Child Protection representative and the general specifics of the contact.  Note any discrepancies, inaccuracies, requests you made that were either denied or not completed, etc.
  • Check laws in your state on whether you can tape record conversations between you and child protective worker.


  • Consult attorney before agreeing to a case plan or voluntary services.  Just because it sounds easier and might get your family back together quicker doesn't mean it is the best solution.  You may be placing yourself one step closer to losing your children if you fail to meet an objective on the case plan.
  • Consult attorney before attempting to draw media coverage on the wrong doings of the system.  If not properly timed, this could jeopardize your case.


  • Don't just trust or rely on an attorney to prepare your case.  Research for yourself.  No one has as much a vested interest in your case than you.
  • Find out the latest medical research being conducted on the particular injuries involved in your case.
  • Find medical, technical or scientific experts to testify or assist in preparing case.
  • Find attorneys who specialize in medical abuse cases.
  • Whether you are going through a civil or criminal court, research and become familiar with the applicable laws.


  • The information may not be current
  • Laws vary from state to state

Defendants Rights
  • Right to an Attorney - Defendants have the right to an attorney throughout legal proceedings. The court will appoint an attorney for the defendant at no charge if he/she cannot afford to hire one. Yet, at the end of the case, they may be asked to pay all or part of the cost for that attorney, if he/she can afford to.
  • Right to a Jury Trial - Defendants have the right to a speedy, public jury trial. At the trial, the defendant is presumed innocent, and cannot be convicted unless 12 impartial jurors have been convinced of the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
  • Right to Confront Witnesses - Defendants have the right to confront and cross-examine all witnesses testifying against them.
  • Right Against Self-Incrimination - The defendant has the right to remain silent, to prevent self-incrimination, and the right to testify on their own behalf.
  • Right to Produce Evidence - The defendant has the right to present evidence and to have the court issue a subpoena to bring into court all witnesses and evidence favorable to them, at no cost to them.

Failing to appear in Court

An FTA (Failure to Appear) coupled with a bench warrant for your arrest will revoke any bail which you may have posted and the next time you are contacted by the police you will be spending some time in jail.

Some Do's And Don'ts For The Bad Days


  • Attorneys must earn enough in the time they spend on your case in order to keep their doors open and make a living wage. Look for a reasonable fee, not the lowest.


  • Don't call police officers liars - jurors don't want to believe cops lie and they won't believe you if you make that assertion - whether it is true or not.
  • Talk to anyone but an attorney about your case.
  • Hire a lawyer without sufficient experience.
  • Hire an attorney based on the amount of the fee alone.
  • The State has unlimited resources when it comes to your case.
  • You need to hire an attorney and pay a fee which will allow him to put time and effort into your case.

Do's and Don'ts of Divorce

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