Juvenile Dependency Defense Lawyers in Southern California
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Any mom or dad would agree that there is nothing more valuable than ones children, and the fear of losing a child to a county Social Worker is the worst possible fear. More crippling than “fear” is coming home form work to find your child not home and a form on the door informing you that the county went to your child’s school and stealthily took your child – perhaps because of an anonymous complaint that you were witnessed spanking your child or accusations that you are a drug user. Yes! That happens… All the time. If you are EVER contacted by CPS and you have a hint that they are looking at you, it is critical that you CALL US. Unfortunately, things that you might do during or following your first encounter with a CPS social worker can set the wheels in motion for them to swoop in and turn your world upside down.
Vincent W. Davis is THE Juvenile Dependency Lawyer in Southern California
Vincent Davis helps families. If your child has been removed from your home and has been placed in foster care by Child Protective Services (CPS) or Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), because you have been accused of child abuse, neglect, drug use, etc, we may be able to help your family reunite. If you want to get custody of a grandchild or other family member who is currently placed in foster care we are here for you as well.
Juvenile Dependency and Child’s Courts are Unique!
There is no one more passionate and involved in Juvenile Dependency cases in Southern California than Vincent W. Davis. Vincent, like many other lawyers, had no idea there was such a thing as a Dependency Court where the fate of kids and their parents or guardians were exclusively battled-over every day – until one day 20-some years ago. At that time, Vincent Davis was a young lawyer working for a big firm, and out of curiosity took a sick day and went to a Juvenile Dependency Court and sat there mesmerized for the entire day.
Vincent witnessed parents, grand parents, and even foster parents who were emotionally crippled by the processes that had befallen them. He also couldn’t help but see that some of the lawyers representing the parents seemed a bit “lost” and out of their element as if this court room were different than any other they had ever stepped foot in. In fact, Juvenile Dependency Court is unlike any other traditional court! These special courts have procedures and processes a bit alien to any other court: so much so that many courts insist that lawyers who want to represent parents sign a “Certificate of Competency” document stating that they have Juvenile Dependency Court experience such as required in Ventura County Juvenile Dependency Court.
Vincent was hooked -he found his “calling!” There was no looking back! He decided right then and there to become an expert in Juvenile Dependency law so he could stand beside these grieving parents, grand parents, foster parents and other caregivers whose families had been torn apart by many of the people pointing fingers at them in that courtroom. Where there might be one or two parents — often like deer in the headlights — the county usually had several, cool, calm, well-dressed, credentialed, court-recognized professionals lined up against them. The teeter-totter was not fairly balanced.
Are You Facing an Emergency CPS/DCFS Dependency Hearing?
If you have an emergency dependency hearing with Child Protective Services (CPS) or Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), attorney Vincent W. Davis will prepare the necessary legal paperwork and be ready to help you on very short notice. Remember, there are very strict time limits that you must meet in order to take advantage of all legal opportunities for regaining custody of your child/children. Call Vincent immediately.
If you have been contacted by CPS / DCFS and they want to set up a time to interview you, you need to take proactive steps to protect yourself and your family. We do not recommend talking with CPS / DCFS social workers without the presence of an experienced Juvenile Dependency attorney familiar with their unique process.
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Today Vincent Davis has handled more than 1,000 cases of Juvenile Dependency and is a renown expert in and outside of the State of California. When your kids are at stake; when you need to make a choice, choose someone who lives and breathes Juvenile Dependency law; someone who understands the unique procedures and courtrooms; where without expert help you will be the victim of a complex system that is often hell-bent on painting you as a horrible parent; where getting your kids back under your roof is the last thing on their list: but is our first priority.
We handle juvenile dependency cases for parents and guardians accused of child abuse and a variety of other charges that might be leveled against them by local, county Child Protective Service (CPS) agencies throughout California.
Juvenile dependency cases are complex, emotionally draining, and absolutely unique when compared to any other area of law. Inexperienced parents and guardians as well as inexperienced lawyers who might venture into Juvenile Dependency are looking forward to some confusion and significant delay if you don’t understand the system. This is probably the only area of law where a parent or guardian will be facing a small platoon of civil service employees and others attempting to take their children away from them.
Many of those working against you have their own agendas – often the underlying agenda of the county agency plus the less-obvious and subtle personal agendas of the various social workers all working hard to prove they are in the right and your children should be taken away from you for significant time or permanently. No way is a mom or dad, a grand parent, a foster parent or other guardian equipped to take on this well-entrenched system that is staffed and operated by thousands of professionals. Yes, you can request court-appointed counsel to help you, but that, in our experience and the reports from the hundreds of parents who came to us after firing their court-appointed lawyer – simply isn’t very helpful. At the bottom of this page are two more videos where Vincent Davis explains why many frustrated parents, desperate for real help, fired their court-appointed attorney and then hired Mr. Davis to get their kids back.
How Vincent W. Davis Can Help You and your Kids
Yes, Southern California CPS Social Workers are known as more ruthless, less-forgiving, more-apt to act “in the best interest of the child.” And frankly, sometimes they are right. If a child were harmed because a social worker ignored a problem, we’d all be calling “foul.” And yes, many of my clients readily admit –confidentially to me– that they have been drinking more as result of a job loss or other situation. So CPS has taken your child. CPS has made a claim that has some validity – so now what?
Sometimes it is expedient for us to come up with a plan that the court will have no response other than to agree with us that “we too” hold the child’s best interest foremost – so that the court will allow your child to remain at home or be released back to you. This might mean that we quickly, quietly, and confidentially set up one or both parents in a treatment program such as substance abuse, or attend some appropriate weekly counseling. This demonstrates a willingness to be flexible and prove to the court we are acting responsibly to this situation. The court will usually agree with such a plan and then we will work to make certain that you make those meetings; that we meet the agreed deadlines; and that we do not miss any subsequent hearings.
In other cases we have found that having a grandparent or other close relative take charge of the child makes it possible for a child to remain in the family home. If the county has a strong case and is digging in their heals, it is sometimes a good choice to have grandparents or a close relative become the child’s legal guardian or even their adoptive parent. Any compromise like this may sting on the face of it, but the alternative is your child being in the custody of total strangers for years that can rip them from their familiar and comforting surroundings.
Has A Social Worker Taken Your Child? – A Skilled Juvenile Dependency Lawyer can Help!
Call me personally - 888-506-6810 - I am waiting to hear your story now, to defend you and keep your family together or reunite you and your precious loved ones.We Are Your Juvenile Dependency Lawyers and we are proud to serve Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino , Ventura, and San Diego Counties.