CRIMINAL LAW & CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES

You are probably wondering why we have lumped these two categories together. The answer is, unfortunately, very simple. As anyone who has ever dealt with them will tell you, the workers at the Department of Human Services and Child Protective Services, in their righteous concern to protect the children, often treat the parents as though they are criminals who are presumed guilty of abuse or neglect.

The single most important thing to be stressed to anyone dealing with the police relative to a crime or DHS or CPS relative to neglect or abuse allegations is this: DO NOT MAKE ANY STATEMENTS WITHOUT AN ATTORNEY PRESENT!!!!!!!

Why not? Simple, because often HOW you say something may have SIGNIFICANTLY different legal meanings. Wording it one way may lead to no charges and your life returns to normal. Try to describe the same thing, but in different words, and you may be charged with a crime and your life can become a living hell.

Remember far more people talk themselves into trouble than ever talk themselves out of it. If the police ask what you heard or saw you may be a witness. If they are asking where YOU went, what YOU said or what YOU did, you are not a witness in their eyes. You are a “person of interest”. That, my friend is a nice way of saying” SUSPECT”. They are trying to build a case against YOU and they want you to help them do it. IT IS TIME TO “LAWYER UP”.

REMEMBER THAT THE SMARTEST TIME TO HIRE AN ATTORNEY IS NOT AFTER YOU HAVE BEEN CHARGED BUT WHEN YOU FIRST BECOME THE FOCUS OF THE AUTHORITIES. AT THAT POINT, YOUR ATTORNEY HAS THE BEST CHANCE TO PREPARE YOUR DEFENSE, CONTACT WITNESSES AND MAKE SURE THAT THEY UNDERSTAND THE LEGAL MEANINGS OF WHAT THEY MAY BE SAYING, AND HE MAY BE ABLE TO PREVENTCHARGES FROM BEING FILED AT ALL OR FROM BEING OVER CHARGED. THIS MAY SAVE YOU MULTI- THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS OR YEARS IN PRISON.

As you have seen elsewhere on this website, Mr. Barker has been successfully defending criminal cases ranging from disorderly person misdemeanors, through robbery, drug cases, criminal sexual conduct and on up to murder. He has handled cases throughout the State of Michigan, and has been especially successful in Western Wayne and Oakland Counties. He is known for his persuasiveness with juries and has had them come back on a number of cases with not guilty verdicts in as little as ten minutes!!!

IF YOU HAVE CRIMINAL OR CHILD PROTECTIVE SRVICES CONCERNS, DON’T HESITATE. DELAY WILL ONLY MAKE THEM WORSE. CONTACT US NOW!! WE CAN AND WILL HELP!!!

To get started solving your legal problems right away, call Mr. Barker at 248-242-1963 or email win@stevebarkerlaw.com!