Illinois dcfs administrative appeal attorney
Dealing With Indicated Findings Related to Sex Abuse Charges
Even if you have not been charged with a criminal offense, or even if the criminal charges against you have been dismissed or overcome, you will still be subject to the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) investigation and subsequent findings if the alleged victim was a minor.
If DCFS makes an “indicated” finding against you as the perpetrator of child abuse and/or neglect, your name could be placed on the State Central Register for 5, 20, or even 50 years without any type of hearing. DCFS findings can result in serious problems for a teacher, nurse, coach, day care worker, school bus driver or foster parent. To learn how you can appeal indicated findings of abuse made without notice or due process protections in an administrative appeal, contact a knowledgeable attorney at the Law Office of Robert Kerr, LLC, in Chicago for a free consultation.
Call NOW for Advice About DCFS Appeals
We represent people in Cook County, and throughout the State of Illinois who encounter problems of any kind related to DCFS investigations or indicated findings. Our understanding of the investigation and appeal process can represent an important advantage for anyone investigated for sexual abuse, child molestation, neglect or any other risk of harm to a child or vulnerable adult.
Many DCFS investigations originate with an observation and report of possible abuse made by a mandatory reporter, or someone whose profession and contact with children gives them an opportunity to observe and intervene on behalf of a possible victim. Reports of potential abuse are then investigated by DCFS personnel, often without adequate communication with the accused and without fair consideration for the accused’s explanation or alibi. If the abuse is substantiated in the investigation, an indicated finding is registered with the state, and it is not uncommon for criminal charges to follow.
Chicago Lawyers for the Defense in Alleged Sex Abuse Cases
In our experience at the Law Office of Robert Kerr, the quality of the DCFS investigation often reflects inadequate training and unreliable field work on the part of the investigators. We typically defend a client on the criminal charges while filing an administrative appeal with DCFS. Action on the appeal is stayed pending resolution of the criminal charges, which often proceed without further investigation. We can often achieve dismissal of the case based on poor investigative techniques.
We then proceed with the DCFS appeal to make sure that the Department’s indicated findings against you won’t turn up through the State Central Registry on a background check or screening list of any kind: security clearance, job application, license application or even an apartment search.
Few people exposed to the risk of a DCFS investigation can afford to let an indicated finding remain unchallenged. To learn how you can benefit from the advice of an experienced Illinois DCFS administrative appeal lawyer, contact the Law Office of Robert Kerr, LLC, in Chicago or the suburbs.