Fullerton Juvenile Dependency Attorney
In the City of Fullerton, there are reports of juvenile abuse and neglect filed every day, and sometimes these reports can lead to criminal charges being filed. So even in the case of a juvenile dependency hearing, parents of an alleged abuse should be represented by an experienced Orange County criminal defense attorney like Lauren K. Johnson.
Juvenile Dependency cases occur when there may be some evidence of abuse or neglect in a family. Common examples of what may be considered abuse or neglect would be if one of the parents were physically abusing their child, such as hitting them and therefore causing serious bodily harm, or not performing the most basic and necessary duties expected of a parent, such as sending their child to go attend school or making sure that they are being looked after if they are excessively young. Another common example is when there is the frequent exposure of the child to toxic chemicals such as drugs like meth or situations involving drug abuse. If there is proof of the presence of abuse of neglect in a household in a manner that puts the child in a high risk, dangerous situation, then the removal of the child from the household may be implemented. That child may be put in the foster care system and up for adoption, or put into the care of a relative or a different legal guardian. The job of the juvenile court is to protect children when abuse and neglect can be proven, but because the facts of a case are often inaccurate, sketchy or misconstrued, the parents of these children need to have their rights protected. Every parent has the right to manage the upbringing of their child in whatever way they see fit, with limits, of course, put in place in order to protect the child and their guard their wellbeing. If you’ve been accused of abuse or neglect, you should contact Fullerton juvenile dependency defense attorney Lauren K. Johnson right away at (949) 622-5522.
Most juvenile dependency cases begin after someone files a report or a complaint with either the police or a child protection agency. This could take place after a call from the hospital staff during a trip to the emergency room with your injured child; or it could just be from a neighbor who has contacted them. After a report has been filed, an investigation will take place to determine the facts of the alleged complaint. The sooner you contact the Johnson Criminal Law Group, the better your chances are of getting the facts straightened out and keeping your child in your home.
If you find that your child has been removed unfairly from your home before you’ve had the chance to call a lawyer, you’ll need to find one who has successfully earned a reputation in the Fullerton community as an outstanding advocate for her clients. Orange County juvenile dependency defense lawyer Lauren K. Johnson knows what it takes to prove to the court that you are acting in the best interests of your child, and to get your child back home.