If you are contacted by Harris County Children's Protective Services because they are investigating you or a family member, you must take this very seriously. Not only could you or a family member be facing criminal or juvenile prosecution, such an investigation could also destroy the peace of the family home by removing one of more of your children.
You need to know that a CPS report will be forwarded to the police or to the Harris County District Attorney's Office, therefore you have to consider the possible consequences once you learn that a CPS investigation has been started. You or a family member could be arrested. During the early stages of the investigation, do not be misled. A CPS investigator may ask you some serious questions which could implicate you or a family member in a criminal or juvenile offense. An investigator may assure you that if you help explain some troubling issues that it may clear you or a family member of suspicion. The investigator may even ask you to undergo a polygraph examination.
If you have been contacted by CPS for an interview and or to take a polygraph, call a Houston criminal lawyer Jim Sullivan for CPS Investigations immediately. Both the interview and the polygraph examination should be stopped by your attorney so that he can first assess the situation and the reason for the investigation. You should put your attorney between the CPS investigator and you. You have the absolute right to remain silent. Do not give up that right. Polygraph examinations are not reliable and the results cannot be used in court, however what you tell the polygrapher may be used against you. The State uses interviews and polygraph examinations to strengthen their case against you.
Talk to a Houston lawyer before you talk to CPS. You can call Attorney Jim Sullivan at 281-546-6428.