The preliminary police investigation for Child Abuse in Washtenaw County will usually take several hours to several days. In Washtenaw County, this type of investigation will most times be conducted by the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Department in conjunction with the State Department of Human Services, Child Protective Services department. How quickly felony charges are filed often depends on how much evidence detectives and social workers obtain at the beginning stages of their investigation. The best time to retain a defense attorney is during the investigation phase before charges are filed. An experienced defense attorney can often use this investigation phase to his client’s advantage and either stop charges from being filed or help to reduce the seriousness of those charges.
Detectives handling these types of cases will normally spend the first few hours and possibly days after the alleged offense questioning witnesses, collecting evidence, and obtaining search warrants for more evidence. DHS/CPS social workers will usually question the child and siblings multiple times to obtain as much information about the defendant as possible. Their stated goal is protection of the child. However, their implied goal is prosecution of the defendant who they believed beat the child. Once police have completed their investigation, they will obtain an arrest warrant from the local Judge or Magistrate. If you are a suspect for the crime of Child Abuse in Washtenaw County, it is important to obtain a high caliber Washtenaw County defense lawyer before speaking to police or turning yourself in. Police are experts in interrogation and will use every tool at their disposal to obtain a conviction. A seasoned attorney often knows the police and local prosecutors and will help you make the right decisions about how to proceed against Child Abuse charges. Once a suspect is arrested and lodged at the county jail, the judicial process will begin to move quickly and there is no room for error on the part of a charged defendant. You cannot assume that because you are the child’s parent, you will be given the benefit of the doubt by law enforcement. If police believe you beat your child, you will not be able to convince them otherwise without skilled legal counsel.