There is no simple answer because each case is different. However, learning about how DCFS investigations and the courts work in cases involving claims of child abuse or neglect can help you make better decisions.
If you’re working with a lawyer, let your lawyer know if DCFS has been called on you. You should always call your lawyer for advice before talking to a DCFS investigator, police officer, detective, or medical professional. This is very important because any statement made to anyone other than your lawyer may be used against you by DCFS, by the police, or in court.
If you don’t have a lawyer, you should think about hiring one. If money is an issue, some organizations may give you free legal advice.
Although DCFS investigations don’t always involve the police or end up in court, many do. Some can even lead to criminal charges, which can lead to jail or prison.