If you are being investigated by the Department of Child Safety (DCS) in a dependency action in Arizona, you could be offered private counsel. DCS, formerly CPS, will have an attorney who represents the Attorney General’s Office. That DCS attorney is opposed to you. They are in your life to document reasons to take away your children.
As a parent, you can definitely expect to be offered an attorney. Parenting is a fundamental right. The court must offer you an attorney when you could lose a fundamental right. But, your attorney will be “free” and with “free” counsel, you could pay the price of the loss of time with your children.
Hiring Attorneys For DCS Cases
Moshier Law represents parents who are facing DCS. Moshier Law is not free. We are the attorneys people choose for DCS cases. Four reasons why clients choose Moshier Law for DCS cases are:
- Words matter. I’m going to draw from a recent case where I wrote “words matter” in an email to DCS. The lawyer for DCS had repeatedly misstated facts. Based on the skewed way the facts were represented before Moshier Law became involved, DCS shaped the case. Momentum of a DCS case is very important. Words become sentences, and sentences become your reality. I don’t want to give away my favorite tactics, but those tactics can make you shine.
- We Are Careful. I approach every case as though I have already won for my client. In the skewed facts I mentioned above, DCS had made statements to the court that weren’t true. DCS lawyers repeated their own words. I found myself reading one document three times, barely trusting my own eyes. I question myself constantly as an attorney, as I am a perfectionist. I will be figurative with this example, but DCS said the color was red. The document I was reading said the color was green. If the subject was a stoplight, red or green can change someone’s life forever.
- We Use Their Mistakes. DCS will often take a position because a DCS lawyer did completely absorb a document. Remember the 1980’s song 99 Luft Balloons by Nena, the German artist? I took the time to translate the German version and read the English lyrics. In 99 Luft Balloons, people release 99 red balloons as a positive expression. But the government (and DCS is government too) views the 99 red balloons as an act of war. In 99 Luft Balloons, she sings, “the war machines spring to life.” An army assembles and destroys the city. You or someone you care about may be under a similar attack now. And at the end, the singer describes standing in the dust that was a city. Imagine losing your children because a DCS specialist and DCS lawyers do not read well. Imagine that because the DCS gang does not read well, they repeatedly say things that are not true. The court believes the DCS version, because the judge has to rely on lawyers. Imagine your lawyer is also relying on their interpretation of the documents. A judge cannot independently investigate a case. You may feel powerless to explain to authority figures they are all wrong. Your family should never become dust because someone cannot read. I am always waiting for DCS to make a mistake.
- Your Disadvantages in a DCS Case Can Become Strengths. Your challenges – culture, language, mental health – can be used to your favor. The struggles you face in everyday life can become an advantage with the right lawyers. DCS lawyers are zealous. Zealous is just another word for passion. But passion lacks objectivity, and you need objective legal counsel. The DCS specialist or DCS care manager has likely chosen a side. Now, DCS just has to build the case against you. DCS specialists are presumably assigned to assist but DCS can time services, information and communication to meet DCS goals for an outcome.
When you hire Moshier Law, you may arrive after your case starts. You may feel you are losing your case against DCS. It hurts me not to guarantee your chances at the hardest time in your life. Our chances improve if you hire Moshier Law when your DCS case starts. Call our firm for the chance to dismantle the DCS case against you.
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