Children are among the most innocent members of our society. Whenever a child is in distress, most people have a natural instinct to respond by protecting the child. Courts are no different. When allegations of abuse and neglect arise, courts seek to find a resolution that protects the child's safety even if it means removing a child from their parent's care. If you are accused of abuse or neglect, you need to hire an attorney to protect your rights.
Understanding Abuse and Neglect Cases
In the state of New Hampshire, abuse and neglect cases are handled by family courts. When allegations of abuse or neglect are made against a parent, an investigation is usually launched to determine whether or not the allegations are true. If the State determines that there is sufficient evidence to believe that abuse or neglect has occurred, then a petition will be filed in family court. Once the petition is filed, a court date will be set and the parent will be forced to defend against the accusations.
At the hearing, the State will present the evidence against the accused parent before the judge. The parent's lawyer will then be given the opportunity to present evidence in defense of the parent. The State has the obligation to prove abuse and neglect cases by a preponderance of the evidence. This means that the evidence presented must make it more likely true than not that abuse or neglect actually occurred. The judge will be the one to make a determination in the case and the parent will be forced to abide by the court order.
We Can Help
In cases involving abuse and neglect, you need a lawyer on your side who understands how family court operates. We have represented parents in family court abuse and neglect cases and knows what is needed in order for your case to be successful. In cases where the allegations of abuse and neglect are inaccurate, we will work to gather evidence refuting the State's claim.
Our attorneys understand that not all parents accused of abuse or neglect are bad people. If you have been accused of abuse or neglect and some aspects of the complaint are true, if we accept your case you can be confident that you will be provided with a fair defense.
If you have been accused of abuse or neglect, contact the Law Office of Chadwick-Fricano-Weber to discuss your case. Call our office at (603) 880-6100 to schedule an initial consultation today.